Der Sinn Des Hitlergrusses: Kleiner Mann bittet um grosse Gaben. Motto: Millonen Stehen Hinter Mir!

Artist: John Heartfield (German, 1891–1968)

Artist: Unknown (German)

Editor: Herman Leupold (German)

Date: 1932

Medium: Rotogravure

Classification: Periodicals

Credit Line: Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1987

Accession Number: 1987.1125.8

Rights and Reproduction: © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Heartfield published his political photomontages, many of which savagely satirized the Nazi regime, in the Arbeiter-Illustrierte Zeitung. In this widely disseminated workers' newspaper (500,000 readers in 1931), the often deceptively realistic montages appeared cheek-by-jowl with straight documentary photographs.

In this montage, Heartfield specifically links Hitler's electoral success with his courting of wealthy industrialists from the Rhineland. More generally, he gives pictorial punch to the commonplace idea that money fuels political power by implying that the Nazi salute is in fact a plea for cash.