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Altershilfe des Deutschen Volkes

Starr Figura, German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, 2011

"Aid for the Aged of the German People." Social-aid organization for the elderly founded by a group of private welfare institutions in 1921. A shortage of jobs in the early days of the Weimar Republic forced older people to retire sooner than they could afford. Many had lost their savings due to postwar inflation, and public pensions provided insufficient support. To alleviate the resulting wave of poverty among people over sixty-five, the short-lived (and not very successful) Altershilfe launched a national campaign to raise awareness for their predicament. It organized a variety of fund-raising initiatives, including a print edition donated by Käthe Kollwitz.

Selected Bibliography

Knesebeck, Alexandra von dem. Käthe Kollwitz: Werkverzeichnis der Graphik. Band I & II. Bern: Kornfeld, 2002.

Iris Schmeisser

Published by Altershilfe des Deutschen Volkes

  • Käthe Kollwitz. The Last Thing (Das Letzte). (1924)
    Käthe Kollwitz
    The Last Thing (Das Letzte)
    Käthe Kollwitz. The Last Thing (Das Letzte). (1924)
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