The black-and-white photo shows Erika Mann at the age of 29 in a performance of Der Prinz von Lügenland [The Prince of the Land of Lies]. Erika Mann is standing in the middle of the picture with her arms folded and her legs wide apart. The costume is part of the mise-en-scène: a stylised SS uniform, black riding boots and breeches, a tight-fitting short jacket made of shiny silver lamé, a peaked cap made of the same material and a white riding crop.