Sichel und Hammer. Illustrierte Internationale Arbeiter-Zeitung (Complete III. Jahrgang, containing... Sichel und Hammer. Illustrierte Internationale Arbeiter-Zeitung (Complete III. Jahrgang, containing... Sichel und Hammer. Illustrierte Internationale Arbeiter-Zeitung (Complete III. Jahrgang, containing... Sichel und Hammer. Illustrierte Internationale Arbeiter-Zeitung (Complete III. Jahrgang, containing...

Sichel und Hammer. Illustrierte Internationale Arbeiter-Zeitung (Complete III. Jahrgang, containing 12 Issues of the Periodical)

Internationalen Arbeiterhilfe für Sowjet-Russland & Neuer Deutscher Verlag

Published by Internationale Arbeiterhilfe für Sowjet-Russland, Berlin, 1924

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Scarce, complete run from Oct. 1923 - October 1924 of "Sichel und Hammer" (Sicle & Hammer), a precursor of the Communist periodical "Arbeiter Illustrierte Zeitung" (AIZ). The history of the periodical begins in 1921 during a mass starvation in Volga region of the young Soviet Union Lenin's plea to the working class for solidarity and support. The "Internationale-Arbeiter-Hilfe" (IAH) was founded by Willi Münzenberg to help with the problem. In support of the organization, the monthly periodical "Sowjetrussland im Bild" was founded in Germany in the fall of the same year, published by the "Auslandskomitee zur Organisation der Arbeithilfe für die Hungernden in Russland." The paper informed the public on problems, social issues as well as progress in the Soviet Union. By 1922, the periodical also reported on events in Germany & other countries and was renamed "Sichel und Hammer." The content of the paper was still heavily propagandistic but novels, poetry and artists such as Maxim Gorki, George Bernard Shaw, Käthe Kollwitz, George Grosz and others added an artistic layer to the periodical. By 1922, about 10,000 issues were published, two years later the number climbed to 180,000. In 1925, the paper appeared in a different layout every other week under the new name "Arbeiter Illustrierte Zeitung." Thus began a rapid ascent from a relatively small periodical to a highly successful political 'socialist' paper. By the time Hitler came to power, the publication reached over half a million copies. Contents in our issues cover important historical & social events such as Lenin's death, the Hitler-Putsch trial in 1923, a memorial on Rosa Luxemburg, a major earthquake in Japan, economics in America, and much more (detailed contents below). Illustrated with many b/w reproductions of photographs showing Lenin, Hitler, Ludendorff, Stalin, Fritz Ebert, Mussolini at the 1 year anniversary of the Fascist takeover, President Woodrow Wilson at the White House, Lenin's successor Rykow, George Grosz, Henri Barbusse, Charlie Chaplin, Russian actor Moskwin, Heinrich Zille, Hilde Schewior, Anatole France, Henry Ford, Leo Trotzki, Willi Münzenberg (who founded the periodical), Alexander Moissi with the Tolstoi family, Henry Marty, Artur Mahraun, Rasputin, Rosa Luxemburg, Lenin's partner N. K. Krupskaja. Other photographs depict defendants of the Hitler-Putsch trial (Wagner, Pernel, Brückner and a very young Ernst Röhm), Lenin's lifeless body & his funeral, "Gewerksschaftshaus" in Berlin by architect Max Taut, New York City skyline, Brooklyn Bridge, Woolworth building, a Ku Klux Klan meeting, Nazi funeral, laying a wreath at Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg's grave, Hitler-Brigade controlling the border at Thuringia, and many others. Also contains b/w photographic reproductions of art work by Otto Dix (Der tote Soldat), Käthe Kollwitz (Die Überlebenden and Bauernaufstand), George Grosz (Sonntagsspaziergang), Diego Rivera, Theophile Steinlen, Heinrich Zille, Hans Baluschek, A. Birkle (Die Arbeitsmaschine), Georg Scholz, Otto Nagel (Der Jubilar), Rudolf Schlichter, Honoré Daumier, as well as a few anti-Nazi caricatures. Interesting articles include the Hitler-Putsch, Lenin's death, "Lenin auf der Tribüne," by Leo Trotzki, the Worowski murder, corruption by the Zsar, and many others. Text in German.Issues 1 - 4 in smaller format (9" x 11 1/2"). Numbers 5 - 12 larger format, measuring 10 3/4" x 15". Nr. 1-3 with "Deutsche-Ausgabe, Sowjet-Russland im Bild / 3. Jahrg." on cover. From issue 5 on "Sichel und Hammer, Illustrierte Internationale Arbeiterzeitung. Neuer Deutscher Verlag." printed on front. All issues with 16pp., including original front and rear covers, stapled and bound in marbled paper-covered boards with cloth spine. Some issues with the original tipped-in red advertisement bands. Boards almost detached. 3/4 of bottom part of cloth spine missing. Remnants of handwritten title-label present hear head of spine. Small stamp of "Sozialwissenschaft. Bookseller Inventory # 33053

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Title: Sichel und Hammer. Illustrierte ...

Publisher: Internationale Arbeiterhilfe für Sowjet-Russland, Berlin

Publication Date: 1924

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: III. Jahrgang.

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