The New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit) is a term used to characterize the attitude of public life in Weimar Germany. Rather than some goal of philosophical objectivity, it was meant to imply a turn towards practical engagement with the world—an all-business attitude, understood by Germans as intrinsically American: "The Neue Sachlichkeit is Americanism, cult of the objective, the hard fact, the predilection for functional work, professional conscientiousness, and usefulness.
New Objectivity. Self Portrait, 1913 // by german painter Otto Dix
A book written by Erich Maria Remarque under the influence of the New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit), portraying the process of aging and change of mind of Paul Bäumer. At first happy to go to war and to serve his country, he soon realises that the image of the brave soldier is nothing but an illusion. He and his comrades are taught the rules of war and its barbarity. Remarque does nothing to show some sympathy or hope for the soldiers. He only tries to portray a situation like it is.
Sergius Pauser, Dame in Weiß (Fräulein Sokal), 1927
Düsseldorfer Fotoschule - Die neue deutsche Objektivität