Degenerate art: The story of Hitler's war on creative expression

How the Führer tried to wipe out art

Stars Insider

20/01/23 | StarsInsider


Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime concerned itself with every facet of life that it could in its fascist conquest of Europe. Religions, races, creeds, and philosophies of all sorts that didn't fit into the Nazi vision of the future were relentlessly oppressed and stamped out. An often overshadowed but nonetheless integral part of Hitler's war on culture was his war on art and creativity.

Entire schools of art, genres of music, and topics of literature were banned, confiscated, burned, and labeled as "degenerate art." This included some of the most important and celebrated accomplishments in the history of creativity, and while some things survived, many masterpieces sadly did not.

Intrigued? Read on to learn more about degenerate art and Hitler's culture war.

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