`Sire, Grant Us Freedom of Thought'
In Nazi Germany, the safest form of protest was to tell a joke. FKM Hillenbrand's new book documents the survival of humour under Hitler Hitler, once extolled as the "greatest artist", regarded himself as the final court of appeal in all artistic matters. In that capacity he inaugurated the "Haus der deutschen Kunst" ("House of German Art") in Munich in 1937; he "expressly forbade any painter to use colours different from those perceived in nature by the normal eye".
Hitler's past as a failed art student, whose attempts with the brush remained restricted to some sketches and to the painting of postcards, moved a German emigre to comment: "A postcard-painter hardly gleans …
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Publication information: Article title: `Sire, Grant Us Freedom of Thought'. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: January 13, 1996. Page number: 4. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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