German graphic designers during the Hitler period

Biographical and bibliographical references by Gerald Cinamon

Design historians in America and Britain have tended to ignore the talents or lives of those who remained in Germany during the Nazi regime as being unworthy of attention. But the talents were there, and the lives went on. Simply because these designers lived in Nazi Germany is no reason to ignore their work. Any history of twentieth-century graphic design – and Germany’s particularly – must take note of them and their work.

Generally, the lives and work of most émigré designers (usually Jewish) have been covered in books and design journals. Here is featured, where known, what happened to the designers that remained during the period 1933 to 1945 – the Hitler period.

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