BookBrowse Reviews The Gallery of Miracles and Madness by Charlie English

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The Gallery of Miracles and Madness

Insanity, Modernism, and Hitler's War on Art

by Charlie English

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The Gallery of Miracles and Madness by Charlie English
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    Aug 2021, 336 pages

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An illuminating yet grim examination of art and madness recounting Hitler's war against "degenerate artists" and the mentally ill that served as prototype for the Holocaust.

In the annals of Nazi crimes, the industrialized killing of human beings didn't begin with the Jewish concentration camps. In the early days of World War II, failed-artist-turned-Fuhrer Adolf Hitler ordered the mass roundup of the mentally ill, severely disabled and others he believed contributed to the "degeneration" of the Aryan bloodline. In The Gallery of Miracles and Madness: Insanity, Modernism, and Hitler's War on Art, Charlie English makes the case that this was the murderous extension of Hitler's vitriolic culture war against modern, "degenerate" art, and the human beings he deemed "life unworthy of life."

English, a former journalist at the Guardian and author of two previous books (The Storied City and The Snow Tourist), weaves a compelling and richly researched study that begins with psychiatrist and decorated combat veteran, Hans Prinzhorn. In 1919, Prinzhorn was home ...

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