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Pages: 31. Chapters: Carlsbad Decrees, Censorship in East Germany,
Censorship in Nazi Germany, Censorship in the Federal Republic of
Germany, Degenerate art, Die Konsequenz, Federal Department for
Media Harmful to Young Persons, Film Review Office, Fritz Oswald
Bilse, Internet censorship in Germany, Ministry of Public
Enlightenment and Propaganda, Nazi book burnings, Negermusik,
Reichsfilmdramaturg, Strafgesetzbuch section 86a, Tarnschriften,
The Thinkers Club, Twittering Machine, Valley of the Wolves: Iraq.
Excerpt: Degenerate art is the English translation of the German
entartete Kunst, a term adopted by the Nazi regime in Germany to
describe virtually all modern art. Such art was banned on the
grounds that it was un-German or Jewish Bolshevist in nature, and
those identified as degenerate artists were subjected to sanctions.
These included being dismissed from teaching positions, being
forbidden to exhibit or to sell their art, and in some cases being
forbidden to produce art entirely. Degenerate Art was also the
title of an exhibition, mounted by the Nazis in Munich in 1937,
consisting of modernist artworks chaotically hung and accompanied
by text labels deriding the art. Designed to inflame public opinion
against modernism, the exhibition subsequently traveled to several
other cities in Germany and Austria. While modern styles of art
were prohibited, the Nazis promoted paintings and sculptures that
were traditional in manner and that exalted the "blood and soil"
values of racial purity, militarism, and obedience. Similarly,
music was expected to be tonal and free of any jazz influences;
films and plays were censored. A still from The Cabinet of Dr.
CaligariThe early twentieth century was a period of wrenching
changes in the arts. In the visual arts, such innovations as
cubism, Dada and surrealism-following hot on the heels of...
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