Hitler's List

An illustrated guide to 'degenerates':
jews, bolshevists and other undesirable geniuses

By John Minnion

Contributing editor Sonja Wirwohl

Hitler's List was a long one. There was to be no place in the new Nazi Reich for anybody or anything that threatened the purity of his vision. Being an artist himself, he knew beyond doubt that abstract art was 'degenerate'. And modern design, jazz, atonal music, psychotherapy, Marxism, even quantum physics and Bambi. These things were a sign of 'Jewish infection' of the pure body of Aryan culture - or they were 'bolshevist', which amounted to the same thing. So the culture needed to be 'cleansed' of the people who practised them.

Most people with lists like Hitler's never get the chance to take them further than the nearest psychiatric ward, but his obsessions were unleashed on a civilisation. Chagall, Freud, Klemperer, Koestler, Einstein, Primo Levi, Thomas Mann, Billy Wilder, Paul Klee, Hannah Arendt, Peter Lorre, Roman Polanski, Kurt Weill... all were on Hitler's List. They and their work survived, and thrived, because Hitler - ultimately - didn't. But other great talents lost everything: their jobs, their reputations, their lives. This book of portraits and life-stories is a tribute to all these 'undesirables' and their genius.

1st edition published UK and Poland 2004
as numbered edition of 1000
ISBN: 978-09544499-2-6

Revised edition published UK 2005
ISBN 978-9544499-3-3

144pp, 98 illustrations
Dimensions: 21 x 19.4 x 1.2 cm


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"A brilliant idea for a book - the grand roll-call of the unacceptable to Hitler in words and drawings - pulled off with the lightest of touches. Somehow these scrupulous caricatures don't only reveal the genius of so many intellectual and artistic 'degenerates', they shake a fist at the Nazis as well."

   — Howard Jacobson