Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another

thescroll_header

Degenerateness is in the Eye of the Beholder

New site from Berlin documents the fate of art condemned by Nazis

Print Email

After eight years of research, Berlin’s Free University has just launched a new internet database of more than 21,000 artworks declared “degenerate” by the Nazis. 1937, the Nazis seized art they found “contrary to Aryan ideals” from German museums and displayed it shoddily along with “racist slogans denigrating the artists for ‘insulting German womanhood’ and revealing ‘sick minds.'” Artists of these condemned pieces include Marc Chagall, Max Beckman, and Wassily Kandinsky. Wherever possible, the site will offer information on a work’s siege, and, if it survived, let viewers know where it ended up.

We’re not sure whether the archive will include film, as the English version hasn’t yet launched (but should be coming soon). In the meantime, a glimpse into the delightfully “degenerate” world of filmmaker Hans Richter in his piece “One More Ghost Before Breakfast,” the original sound version of which was destroyed by the Nazis:

‘Degenerate Art’ Database Shows 21,000 Works Seized by Nazis [Bloomberg]

Print Email

COMMENTING CHARGES
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180

WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.

I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at letters@tabletmag.com. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.

We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.

Well, in the sixties the mantra was that nothing was good or bad but thinking made it so. In that light, if there are no objective standards, if all is relative to one’s own opinion, then there can be no way of judging what is degenerate or not. A moot point hardly worth considering.

2000

Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Degenerateness is in the Eye of the Beholder

New site from Berlin documents the fate of art condemned by Nazis

More on Tablet:

A Family Says Goodbye to Leonard Nimoy

By Rachel Shukert — Star Trek, and especially Mr. Spock, loomed large in our mythology