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You Shall Bear Cannon Fodder

ID Number: 11242
Maker: Artist Unknown
Technique: offset
Date Made: 1982
Place Made: Israel
Measurements: 100 cm x 70 cm; 39 3/8 in x 27 9/16 in
Main Subject: Israel (Middle East); Women
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
[text written in Hebrew and Arabic] You will give birth to cannon fodder. This is what nature commands you, and it is also the law. Bertolt Brecht


Acquisition Number: 1990-003
Translation: You will give birth to cannon fodder. This is what nature commands you, and it is also the law. Bertolt Brecht

Notes:
Brecht quote refers to Women's role in Third Reich as baby-making machines. Comes from Bertolt Brecht-Hanns Eisler song "Abortion is Illegal (Ballad of Paragraph 218)," in order to discourage abortion, the doctor sings to an expectant mother, "You're going to make a lovely little mother/You're going to make a hunk of cannon fodder/That's what your belly's for." (Wikipedia) About the war in Lebanon.which started in 1981. 1982 had huge protests against the war.


Copyright Status:
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Exhibition Annotation:
You will give birth to cannon fodder. This is what nature commands you, and it is also the law. Bertolt Brecht Produced during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. The quote comes from the Bertolt Brecht-Hanns Eisler song "Abortion is Illegal” (Ballad of Paragraph 218), written in the 1930s, and which may be the world's first pro-choice song. In order to discourage abortion, the doctor sings to an expectant mother, "You're going to make a lovely little mother/You're going to make a hunk of cannon fodder/That's what your belly's for." Brecht directly refers to women's role as baby-making machines during the Third Reich.



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