The text on the poster translates to: “5 fingers has a hand! With these 5 grab the enemy!“ The “enemy” was the Nazi Party.
This image appear on and inspired text contained on a System of a Down album: “The hand has five fingers, capable and powerful, with the ability to destroy as well as create.”
In 1928, the KPD (German Communist Party) was Germany’s best hope to halt the political rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. John Heartfield was not a typical party member. He was too independent minded for that. He often clashed with the “group think” of the communist system.
However, in 1928, the KPD was surely the lesser of two evils. An election that would determine the course of German history was approaching. The KPD was in desperate need of a symbol to inspire Germans voters.
THE JOHN HEARTFIELD EXHIBITION SHOP offers exclusive items, including Posters, T-Shirts, and Mugs featuring classic John Heartfield antiwar photomontages. Heartfield’s famous photomontage art is hand crafted and photo quality printed. The iconic political collage “5 Finger hat die Hand” is easily one of the shop’s most popular items.Profits from The Heartfield Exhibition Shop support The Official John Heartfield Exhibition and the development of an Online Museum For Progressive Political Art.
The Shop is currently overhauling it’s entire clothing inventory. We adding new images and new artists to the collection. The John Heartfield Shop now features political artists and graphic designs in our REVEAL ART Collection.
We’re also reducing our prices because it’s more important than ever to distribute political art.