“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.”
From 1891-1913, Helmut Herzfeld (John Heartfield) experiences many types of loss.
His parents abandon him, his brother, and his two sisters in the woods. He is then separated from his siblings and relocated into a foster home. Though a baptized Protestant, he is forced to participate in a Catholic mass.
Yet, he perseveres and even flourishes, displaying the unyielding courage he will demonstrate later in life as an artist and a man.