Germany to fund research into Nazis’ “degenerate art”

The German government says it will fund research into the Nazis’ campaign against so-called “degenerate art” at Berlin’s Free University (Freie Universität) in 2017 after a private foundation withdrew funding.

The “degenerate art” unit at the Free University investigates the Nazis’ campaign against art they considered corrupt and linked with mental illness, Bolshevism, Jews and threats to the health of “the [German] race”. The campaign culminated in Joseph Goebbels’s order for the seizure of more than 20,000 works from German museums in 1937, including works by Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Beckmann, Pablo Picasso and Paul Cézanne. …

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