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Strikers at a Factory in Ruhr Valley, Germany

Lucienne Bloch (American (born Switzerland), 1909–1999)

In this woodcut, Lucienne Bloch depicted workers congregating in small groups outside factories. Beginning in the 1800s, the Ruhr Valley became the industrial heart of western Germany and was a major producer of coal and steel. But the aftermath of World War I had severe economic consequences for Germany, and periods of prolonged hyperinflation resulted in regular strike activity by coal and steel workers throughout the 1900s. In the distance a series of smokestacks rise vertically from the horizon line. Notably absent, however, is any smoke, suggesting factory floors devoid of workers.

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