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Advances in the Educational System (1910-11)
Published in Simplicissimus, this illustration by Thomas Theodor Heine offers a critique of Prussian militarism. Seated at a classroom lectern, a police officer gives his obedient pupils a “civics” lesson with the aid of his sword. The text reads: “Progress in the Educational System: Civics is to be introduced as a new subject of study in Prussian schools. It goes without saying that instruction will be given by policemen.”