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His Warnings: Anti-Fascist Anti-Nazi Antiwar Art

Heartfield’s antiwar, anti-Nazi, and anti-fascist art appeared on the covers of the popular AIZ illustrated magazine. These images were blow-by-blow visual warnings of the rise of fascism and The Third Reich. They were warnings powerful enough to earn John Heartfield the number-five slot on the Gestapo’s Most Wanted List. They are warnings that remain totally relevant today. This page contains only a sample of the famous political art John Heartfield risked his life to produce. In the coming months, with the cooperation of several institutions and the help of exhibition supporters, this museums plans to display all of Heartfield’s brilliant AIZ magazine covers.

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Adolf, The Superman

Adolf, The Superman

Five Fingers Has The Hand

Five Fingers Has The Hand

Never Again!

Never Again!

Hurrah, There's No Butter Left!

Hurrah, There's No Butter Left!

On The SPD Party Crisis (Tiger Montage)

On The SPD Party Crisis (Tiger Montage)

The Executioner and Justice

The Executioner and Justice

A Puppet In Thyssen's Hand!

A Puppet In Thyssen's Hand!

Deutsche Eicheln (German Acorns)

Deutsche Eicheln (German Acorns)

Blood and Iron

Blood and Iron

Goering The Executioner

Goering The Executioner

Conversation In The Berlin Zoo

Conversation In The Berlin Zoo

Illustration for Grimm

Illustration for Grimm

New Chair to the German Universities

New Chair to the German Universities

A New Man - Master of a New World

A New Man - Master of a New World




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His Warnings: Anti-Fascist Anti-Nazi Antiwar Art

From 1930-1938, many of John Heartfield’s most famous political art appeared on front covers of the AIZ (Arbeiter-Illustrierte-Zeitung), a popular illustrated magazine published by left-wing publisher Willi Münzenberg. Heartfield’s montages openly appeared on street corner newsstands throughout Berlin as the Nazi Party rose to power. The AIZ magazine eventually enjoyed either the second or third largest circulation in Germany (300,000-500,000).

Several powerful antifascist antiwar AIZ magazine covers were reproduced as John Heartfield posters. These anti-Nazi posters were pasted all over the walls of Berlin to combat Goebbel’s propaganda machine. Heartfield’s 1932 montage “Adolf, the Superman: Swallows Gold and Spouts Junk” could be thought of as a miracle of political alchemy.

A demagogue can turn gold from supporters into junk (tinny noise) for the public. Fascists will say anything if their financiers profit from their ugly words.

Hitler’s supporters were quick to respond to Heartfield, Berlin’s resident anti-fascist rebel artist. They publicly beat him and threw him from a streetcar. But Heartfield refused to leave Berlin until he was forced to become a fugitive after an SS assassination squad smashed down the door of his apartment on April 14, Easter Sunday, 1933.

Heartfield defiantly continued to produce antiwar anti-fascist anti-Nazi art in Prague until Hitler’s army invaded Czechoslovakia in 1938. The Gestapo had orders to arrest approximately 800 people who had offended The Third Reich. Only a few of those people survived. The Gestapo hunted John Heartfield. The artist activist was number-five on The Third Reich’s most-wanted list. But Heartfield managed once again to narrowly escape death.

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