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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

Political Artist Helmut Herzfeld [John Heartfield] Was Weisbaden Book Shop Apprentice in 1905

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

The future political artist Helmut Herzfeld becomes an apprenticeship in a bookshop 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.

Political Artist Helmut Herzfeld was Weisbaden apprentice John Heartfield

Apprentice Helmut Herzfeld

John Heartfield (b. Helmut Herzfeld), an apprentice in Wiesbaden, circa 1906


Professor John J Heartfield is John Heartfield’s paternal grandson. He gives live interactive presentations around the world that focus on his grandfather’s life and work and modern political art. Please write to him to request his presence at your event or ask any question. He is always pleased to hear from exhibition visitors.

Political Artist Helmut Herzfeld grandson, John Heartfield, Curator Official John Heartfield Exhibition