Art: Not So Graphic, Please

In Berlin's Russian zone, 100 prints and drawings of the poor, the sick, the starved and the dead went on view. Done by the late German Socialist Käthe Kollwitz (TIME, Dec. 3) and damned by the Nazis, they were mostly about Germany after World War I. But many had an obvious application to the present.

Soviet authorities looked them over, ordered four taken down. Russian reasoning: a picture showing hungry children stretching out empty dishes might be interpreted as "a complaint."


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