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Art of Suppression: Confronting the Nazi Past in Histories of the Visual and Performing Arts

Pamela M. Potter


One thinks of the arts in Nazi Germany as struggling in an oppressive system, yet evidence has repeatedly shown that conditions were far more favorable than we assume. Potter conducts a historiography of Nazi arts, examining writings from the last seven decades to demonstrate how historical, moral, and intellectual conditions have sustained a distorted characterization of cultural life in the Third Reich. Showing how past research has revealed the decentralized nature of Nazi arts policies, Potter argues that the insulation of academic disciplines allowed outdated presumptions about Nazi micro ... More

Keywords: arts, historiography, Nazi Germany, Third Reich, Cold War, exile, Zero Hour, modernism, scholarship, cultural life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520282346
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520282346.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pamela M. Potter, author