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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 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 Herzfeld (John Heartfield) becomes an apprenticeship in a book shop 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.

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Apprentice In Weisbaden

Apprentice Helmut Herzfeld
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Teenage Weisbaden bookshop apprentice Helmut Herzfeld (John Heartfield)
Political Artist Herzfeld was John Heartfield Weisbaden apprentice

Apprentice Helmut Herzfeld

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