artist was also a member of the radical Assoziation Revolutionarer
Bildender Kunstler Deutschlands (Association of Revolutionary
German Artists), an artist's group dedicated to bringing the working
class to power. Griebel's
oil on canvas portrayal of workers standing in solidarity and
singing the Internationale must have unnerved many right-wing
Germans, as the German communist workers movement presented the
largest and most well organized opposition to the rise of Nazism.
was an anthem written to celebrate the Paris Commune of March-May
1871. The song became familiar to militant workers all over the
world, though it is almost forgotten today. Excerpted lyrics from
the anthem read; "Arise ye workers
from your slumbers. Arise ye prisoners of want. For reason in
revolt now thunders, and at last ends the age of cant. Away with
all your superstitions. Servile masses arise, arise! We'll change
henceforth the old tradition, and spurn the dust to win the prize!"