From a speech dedicating the House of German Art, Adolf Hitler condemns modern degenerate artists;
“And what do they fabricate? Deformed cripples and cretins, women who inspire nothing but disgust, human beings that are more animal than human, children who, if they looked like this, could be nothing but God’s curse on us! And these cruelest of dilettantes dare to present this to today’s world as art of our time, as the expression of what our time produces and of what gives it its stamp. Let no one say these artists depict what they see. Among the paintings submitted for this exhibition, there were many works that would actually lead us to believe that there are people who see things diferently than they are, that there really are men who see the present-day figures of our people only as degenerate cretins – men who are determined to percieve, or, as they would say, to experience, meadows as blue, skies as green, and clouds as sulphur yellow. I so not intend to debate whether these individuals do in fact see and percieve in this way, I mean to forbid these pitiable unfortunates, who clearly suffer from visual disorders, from attempting to force the results of their defective vision onto their fellow human beings as reality or, indeed, from serving it up as art.
There are only two possible explanations. Either these so-called atists really see things this way and believe thay are representing things the way they are. If this were so we would only have to determine whether their faulty vision is due to a mechanical failing or a congential defect. In the case of the first, we can do nothing but feel sorry for the afflicted; in the second, it would be the reponsibility of the Reich Ministry of the Interior to consider preventative measures that would spare later generations from inheriting such dreadful visual defects. The other explanation is that these “artists” themselves don’t believe in the reality of what they depict but have other reasons for imposing this hoax on the nation. In this case, they are liable to prosecution under criminal law.”