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My dear son, now you are a soldier. I always wished you’d never be one. But then the “brown plague” broke out bringing war and shattering my dreams.

Oh, you know my son, I was a soldier too. In the last war, I was pushed into the army. I fought against it. I hate war.  The hate is deeply ingrained.

Anti-War Artist John Heartfield (Beginning Of A Poem To His Son, Tom. Credit: John J Heartfield Collection)
Anti-War Artist John Heartfield (Beginning Of A Poem To His Son, Tom. Credit: John J Heartfield Collection)

Anti Nazi Art Threat Of Artist Activist John Heartfield.
Germany Threatens Czechoslovakia, 1937

Heartfield joins the Prague Oskar Kokoschka League in 1937. His works are shown in the exhibition 50 Years Mánes. Some of his works are removed from this exhibition because Germany threatens to break off diplomatic relations with Czechoslovakia if Heartfield’s art is displayed.

The anti-war artist, himself willing to face a constant threat of assassination, fears for the life of his son, Tom George Heartfield. Tom live with his father in Prague.

Eventually, he convinces Tom to leave Europe and travel to America. Later, Tom joins the American Army to fight against The Third Reich.


Always At Risk

L-R: Tom Heartfield, John Heartfield
A haggard concerned John Heartfield and his son, Tom. From 1936-38, they share living quarters and Nazi death threats in Prague.

Father And Son

Jonny and his son, Tom
Tom Heartfield lived with Jonny in Prague from 1936 to 1938. This arrangement made Tom as much a target for the Nazis as his father.
Tom And John Heartfield, Prague, 1937

(L-R) Tom Heartfield and John Heartfield in Prague, 1937

John And Tom Heartfield, Prague, 1937

(L-R) John Heartfield advising his son, Tom, in Prague, 1937

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