Douglas Grant and Rudolf Marcuse

wartime encounters at the edge of art

Tom Murray, Hilary Howes

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In 1918, in a German POW camp, German Jewish sculptor Rudolf Marcuse modelled a bronze bust of Australian Indigenous serviceman Douglas Grant. We discuss these two men’s life- histories, the political impetus for creating racialized images of POWs, the early twentieth-century globalization of colonial power structures, and the capacity of a personal, arbitrary encounter to resist simple, deterministic imperatives.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages30
JournalHistory and anthropology
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 May 2019


  • Australian Indigenous military service
  • Douglas Grant
  • First World War
  • POWs
  • Rudolf Marcuse
  • Wünsdorf
  • history of race
  • wartime encounters

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