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 “Dear Heartfield, The largest, leading satirical periodical Krokodil [Crocodile] with a circulation of 300,000 has now been taken over by the Pravda press. As of May 1, I will be its editor. The magazine will be improved and will become a world-famous satirical magazine. I attach great importance to your continued, regular work. The best thing would be for you to move to Moscow – where everything necessary will be arranged for you and your family – so that you can work for Krokodil, AIZ, etc. in peace.

If you are unable to come immediately, then I want to ask you to start work right away from Prague. I would like to feature whole-page montages once or twice a month. Topics: fascism, danger of war, labor, exploitation, proletarian resistance … but no personal depictions, e.g. Göring, Hitler.

I hope to hear from very soon and trust that the first montage will arrive here in the near future. You can see the format from the copy of the new paper that is being sent to you by the same mail. To avoid any misunderstandings, payment will be made in Soviet currency.
I hope you are in good health.
With best regards,”

Mikhail Koltsov
Mikhail Koltsov

Against Third Reich – Art As A Weapon. Anti-Fascist Artist Activist John Heartfield Risks His Life. WW II Prague, 1934

His art against Third Reich madness puts John Heartfield remains under a constant threat of death from Adolf Hitler’s agents and supporters.

His friend, Mikhail Koltsov, attempts to help Heartfield by offering him work in Moscow. Heartfield refuses this offer of sanctuary.

Instead, he takes part in an international caricature exhibition at the Prague art society “Mánes.”

Including his anti-fascist political art in the exhibition is enough to cause diplomatic friction between Germany and Czechoslovakia.


Brother And Uncle

L-R: George Herzfelde, John Heartfield, Wieland Herzfelde
George Herzfelde, Wieland's son, became his father's biographer. George stressed Wieland's importance to Heartfield's work. George lived in Switzerland until his death.

Prague, 1934

Smiling On The Run From The Nazis
(L-R) Wieland Herzfelde, John Heartfield, and Kurt Kersten in Prague, 1934. Kurt Kersten was a writer and publicist, a close associate of Willi Münzenberg.
Heartfield, Herzfelde, Herzfelde's son, George

(L-R) George Herzfelde , John Heartfield, Wieland Herzfelde

Heartfield, Herzfelde, and Kurt Kersten, Prague, 1934

(L-R) Wieland Herzfelde, John Heartfield, and Kurt Kersten in Prague, 1934

Professor John J Heartfield is John Heartfield’s paternal grandson. Professor Heartfield presented Art & Politics, Politics & Art at the DADA WORLD FAIR in San Francisco. Please write to him about his live presentation regarding the relevance of his grandfather’s life and work to current events.

Dada Political Artist John Heartfield grandson, John Heartfield, Curator Official John Heartfield Exhibition