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The Rise of Fascism

Distorted Swastika, (from the portfolio - It Can't Happen Here)

by Werner Drewes

After moving to New York City from Germany, Drewes created Distorted Swastika as the cover of his woodcut portfolio, It Can’t Happen Here

Drewes was grateful for the right afforded to him in America to freely create controversial images, such as this distorted symbol of the Nazi Party.

The repressive laws and regulations the Nazi party inflicted on artists in the 1930s prevented Drewes from creating such images while living in Germany.

(Pohl 56)

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Werner Drews, Distorted Swastika

Werner Drewes, Distorted Swastika, 1934 (from the portfolio It Can't Happen Here.  Woodcut, 6 x 10 ¼ in.

Museum Purchase, Derby Fund, from the Philip J. and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art 1930-1970

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James Guy
Edward Hagedorn
Rockwell Kent
Joseph Leboit
John McClellan
Miriam McKinnie Hofmeier
Leo Meissner
Bernard Perlin
Anton Refreiger
Philip Reisman
David Robbins
Ben Shahn
Harry Sternberg
Stuyvesant Van Veen

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