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“No, our dear Jonny was prompted by only 
one thing – a bruised heart 
that reacted very strongly to any kind 
of adverse, unjust, ominous, or 
under deserved utterance affecting 
our common society. 
That tortured, crushed heart of his,
and that alone, showed him the way.” 
Oscar Maria Graf
Oscar Maria Graf

Helmut Herzfeld aka John Heartfield Weisbaden Book Shop Apprentice, 1905

By 1905, the fourteen-year-old Helmut Herzfeld (John Heartfield) has completed elementary school.

He becomes an apprenticeship in a book shop in Weisbaden. 

It is likely the imagination he displayed in his innovative book dust covers for Malik-Verlag Publishing was sparked by the hours he spent handling books in the Weisbaden.

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Apprentice In Weisbaden

Apprentice Helmut Herzfeld
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Teenage Weisbaden bookshop apprentice Helmut Herzfeld (John Heartfield)
Helmut Herzfeld - John Heartfield Weisbaden book shop apprentice

Apprentice Helmut Herzfeld

John Heartfield’s grandson, Professor John J Heartfield, offers an Art & Politics, Politics & Art presentation to audiences in all types of venues. He was a featured presenter at 2016 DADA WORLD FAIR (The Collage Museum, San Francisco). Please write to him for more information.

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