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The Party Does Indeed Fight Like a Man: The Construction of a Masculine Ideal in the Weimar Communist Party

  • Sara Ann Sewell
Part of the Studies in European Culture and History book series (SECH)

Abstract

The sketch below (Figure 8.1), from Sozialistische Republik, the local organ of the German Communist Party (KPD) in Cologne, depicts the front line of communist struggle. Men and women clasp hands in defense of the working classes. Toward the center are two women standing strong and resolute alongside their male comrades. In this rendering and others like it, women were depicted as integral to the defense of the working classes, as emphasized in the accompanying caption: “Women and men of the proletariat must stand firmly together in the fight against hunger and immiseration.”

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Party Leader Weimar Republic Armed Struggle Communist Movement Revolutionary Struggle 
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