“DEGENERATE”: An Examination Of Nazi Germany Through Art


Melton & More



Date & Time

Mondays, 12:00-1:30pm (EST), January 31 - April 25

Hitler's campaign against 'degenerate' modern art
was only the beginning.

Course Description :

1933 was a crucial moment in German History. The circumstances of the country were perfect for the rise of Nazism. After WWI, in Germany, artists began creating innovative work, today known as German Expressionism. In 1937, all of this changed dramatically; the Nazi propaganda machine rejected most of these artists and branded their art as "Degenerate". The leaders of the art world like Ernst Kirchner, Max Beckmann and Emile Nolde were persecuted and their art was banned in Germany. From German Expressionism, to the infamous exhibition of "Degenerate Art", to the Monument Men and specific cases of loot, forgery and “aryanization”,  this course will analyze the Nazi era from the perspective of art.

Mondays, 12:00-1:30pm (EST)

Dates:  Jan. 31; Feb. 7, 14, 28; Mar. 7, 14, 21; Apr. 4, 11, 25 

About the Instructor:

Dr. Batia Cohen  earned her Ph.D. in Mesoamerican Studies from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from the Universidad Metropolitana in Mexico City. She was an adjunct professor at Florida International University and she has taught in Florida for the past 15 years. Batia has published numerous articles in specialized Art and History magazines. She is currently a collaborator of a cultural magazine in Spanish online; LetraUrbana.com. She is the author of the historical novel Una Amapola Entre Cactus. Batia is a proud Melton graduate and serves on the Melton & More Adult Learning Advisory Board.