Karl Lagerfeld Sketches Hitler Thanking Angela Merkel in Biting Cartoon

Karl Lagerfeld Sketches Hitler Thanking Angela Merkel in Biting Cartoon

Since 2013, Lagerfeld has been a political cartoonist for German paper 'Allgemeine Zeitung.' His latest sketch is an attack on Angela Merkel following Germany's Parliament elections.

Since 2013, Lagerfeld has been a political cartoonist for German paper 'Allgemeine Zeitung.' His latest sketch is an attack on Angela Merkel following Germany's Parliament elections.

Text: Christina Cacouris

Karl Lagerfeld has long been openly critical of Germany's leader Angela Merkel, and has now taken to political cartooning to further express his displeasure.

Starting as a cartoonist for German paper Allgemeine Zeitung in 2013, his latest sketch—scheduled for publication this Saturday—shows a shadowy Adolf Hitler standing behind Merkel, with the quote: "Thank you very much for inadvertently allowing my descendants to be represented in parliament," referencing the far-right's return to parliament for the first time in 50 years. Merkel, holding her face, asks: "What have I done?"

Lagerfeld's critiques of Merkel have ranged from her stance on refugees (he blames her decision to let more than one million refugees into the country as the reason for the rise of the Alternative for Germany party) to the proportions of her pants (he wasn't a fan of the wide-leg trousers she wore to meet the Obamas). While he doesn't vote himself, Lagerfeld uses cartoons to satirize the politicians he disagrees with, usually pointed towards Merkel.

"I am beside myself! I hoped that something like this would never happen again in my life," he said, having grown up in Germany under Hitler's rule. "I am ashamed of Germany."

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