Monday, 17 January 2011

Hitler as Herod I

The younger generation likes to think that protest art is something new. It isn't. Take a closer look at this dramatic stained glass window in the St Jacques Church in Montgeron, south of Paris. Created by the Maumejean brothers during the Nazi occupation of France, it shows King Herod beheading St Jacques (St James). Herod's brow shows the distinctive forelock of Adolph Hitler. A crossbar of lead disguises the Fuhrer's silly little moustache. There is a confusion of Herods. The Bible seems to have combined at least three of them. One was eaten alive by worms and another killed St James. Two were called Herod the Great. It seems to be Herod I, King of Judea, who ordered the massacre of the innocents. As did Adolf Hitler.


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