German Art and Degenerate “Art”: Work of Art and Caricature as Mirror of the Worldview

Excerpted from the translation of Deutsche Kunst und entartete “Kunst”: Kunstwerk und Zerrbild als Spiegel der Weltanschauung, which was published by Dr. Adolf Dresler in Munich in 1938.  In comparison, more successful and, above all, more enduring was the confusion, achieved by slogans and phrases, of the views about the essence of culture in general and of German cultural life and cultural decline in particular.At first, there is:

first, the circle of those who consciously concern themselves with cultural matters, is naturally not nearly as large as the number of those who must occupy themselves with economic tasks;

second, the Jews had in this area more than in any other taken over the means and institutions that shaped public opinion and in the final analysis ruled them. Jewry understood, especially through utilization of its position in the press and, with the help of so-called art critique, to not only gradually confuse the general views about the essence and tasks of art as well as its purpose, rather to destroy general healthy feeling in this area.

In place of normal human reason and instinct stepped certain slogans, which thanks to their repetition slowly either made the great portion of people occupied with art matters or art tasks unsure or at least intimidated them so that they no longer dared to seriously or openly combat the ongoing river of phrases. Starting with the claims of common nature such as, for example, that art is international, to the analyzing of art creation with certain basically meaning expressions, the ongoing attempt to confuse healthy human reason and instinct took its course. While on the one hand one simply presented art as an international community experience and thereby killed any understanding for its bond to the folk, one tied it all the more to the time, that means: There was no longer any art of folks or, better, of races, rather only an art of the times. According to this theory, the Greeks also did not shape Greek art, rather a certain time let it emerge as its expression. The same thing is naturally true for Roman art, which only by coincidence came at the same time as the rise of the Roman World Empire. The later cultural eras of mankind as well were not created by Arabs, Germans, Italians, Frenchmen etc., but were only manifestations determined by the time. Therefore, today as well there is no German, no French, no Japanese or Chinese art, rather there is simply a “modern” art. Accordingly, art as such is not only totally separated from folkish events, rather the expression of a certain generation, which is today given the designation “modern”, and it will tomorrow naturally be unmodern, because out of date.

Through such a theory, however, art and art activity are finally put on the same level with the handiwork of our modern tailor shops and fashion studios. And indeed according to the principle: Each year something different. One time impressionism, then futurism, cubism, but perhaps dadaism as well etc.. It is then clear that one will find a thousand expressions for even the most crazy miscarriages – and has also found them, after all. If it were not on the one hand so sad, it could almost be amusing to one day ascertain have many slogans and phrases the so-called “art experts” have used in the last years to describe and interpret their pitiful products.

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But it would be sad to experience not only how, through such slogans and nonsense, a feeling of general uncertainty gradually arose in the evaluation of artistic achievements or efforts, rather how this helped to breed that cowardice and fear that hindered even otherwise knowledgeable people from taking a position against this cultural Bolshevism and to resist the vile propagandists of this culture-lacking foolishness. I have already mentioned that the press put itself in the service of this poisoning of healthy feeling for art and culture. But that it also managed to gradually so spoil the insight of its readers that they, in part due to uncertainty, but in part also simply out of cowardice, simply no longer dared to oppose this kind of culture spoilers, was the decisive thing. For only then could business capable Jewish art dealers manage to suddenly offer the worst blotched works as the creations of a new and hence modern art, and, above all, to charge, while on the other hand one summarily dismissed highly valuable works and simply eliminated their masters as unmodern. For in this word “modern” naturally lies based the annihilation of all those who do not want to go along with this nonsense. And so, just as one today unfortunately does not judge clothes according to their beauty, rather only according to their modernity and hence not according to their actual beauty, so are the old masters as well simply set aside, because it is no longer modern to wear them, or to buy from them.

Naturally, the really great artists will reject such a view. But how many genuine and great artists have existed in the world at the same time in any era? The truly great geniuses who have been passed down to us from the past, were in their time just individual chosen ones among countless called upon. But these few would have always protested out of the feeling of their own worth – just as they do today – against the concepts “modern” or “not modern”.

For genuine art is and remains in its achievements an eternal one, that means it is not subject to the law of the salon judgment of the accomplishments for a tailor shop. It earns its appreciation as an immortal revelation stemming from the deepest essence of a folk.



3 thoughts on “German Art and Degenerate “Art”: Work of Art and Caricature as Mirror of the Worldview

  1. Reblogged this on Helmut Stuka and commented:
    Thanks to Heathen Women for publishing this reblogged article.  I think Third Reich Books would probably get all my sheqalim if I had any.

    In my opinion, music and the fine arts are two of the most important, yet underestimated battlefronts.  Perhaps the latter may result because art must be experienced, not only read about in a book (as important as that is).  Most people to-day have neither actually seen great art in its natural setting, nor heard European classical music performed by non-Jewish, non-Judaized performers.

    That last makes a difference which cannot be believed without experiencing it oneself; and it was quite the revelation for me when I discovered it.  Out with the cheap, kitschy Jewish performers who have what I nicknamed the „Fiddler on the Roof Effect“; and in with the Aryans and their deeply passionate, yet orderly and rigorous musical interpretations of Aryan music!

    I speak of fine art and music as one principle, though I have more to say about the latter simply because I know more about it.  I grew up on a diet of Itzhak Perlman (who has said he plays the Beatles for his own children; surprise, surprise).  I have always loved good music; but I could somehow never quite get into Beethoven symphonies before I heard the early-1940s Furtwängler renditions (download at above link).  Note, it is not only a matter of Jewish performers, but also of Jewish control of musical training.  My first serious childhood music lessons came from a „Mrs. Cohen“, so I should know.  As to professional performers, and not wanting to name names, I have heard e.g. Bach partitas performed by an ostensibly German violinist who explicitly proclaimed that „Sir“ Yehudi Menuhin was her musical role model—and Beethoven sonatas performed by another alleged German, who likewise praised Jewish performers to the sky.  Later comparison with older German virtuosos blew me away.

    Note that it cannot be my bias speaking; for when I first discovered the Jewish factor in music, I was still making the transition away from being a pathological Judeophile.  Indeed, my discovery of how the Jews had corrupted my beloved music was a large factor fueling my newfound „anti-Semitism“.  It was like seeing in colour for the first time, and realizing that my previously limited range of perception had been deliberately inflicted on me.

    Wagner was right.  And the same principles will apply to any art:  Painting, sculpture, architecture, or poetry and literature.  Not to mention that art as a whole has been explicitly devalued.  Few to-day are aware that the 1936 Berlin Olympics held competitions in fine arts, music, poetry, and architecture on equal footing with athletic competitions.  Mind, body, and spirit were all treated as important.  But I digress…

    Now dear readers, please enjoy this excerpt of what a real Third Reich National Socialist had to say about fine art versus „crazy miscarriages“, and the destruction by the Jews via „cultural Bolshevism“ of the connection between art and Folk.

    Heil Hitler!



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