Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Kathe Kollwitz: Never Again War

As opposed to many of Kollwitz's antiwar pieces, "Never Again War" relays the antiwar message with anger instead of sorrow, as the young man in the picture passionately proclaims pacifism. This piece specifically targets the usage of chemical weapons in the First World War, a major topic of the Geneva Protocol following WWI. I like this piece because it portrays the German people in a light that history often overlooks. While we tend to think of the Germans as "the bad guy", and while this belief is not false, many Germans did decry the acts of the German leaders during both World Wars. I feel that this drawing encompasses this unseen side of the German population.

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