The power of this Heartfield image “Niemals Weider!” [Never Again!] and its universal message caused it to be reproduced in several forms. The original of this stunning piece of political art reveals the details Heartfield meticulously added to all his work.
It was a 1931 AIZ cover, a 1932 poster, and this 1960 poster.
The image is proof of John Heartfield’s hatred of war and his description of himself as “an old pacifist.” As a lover of nature and animals, it was an especially brutal expression for him to impale even a the corpse of a dove on a bayonet.
The caption echoes the battle cry of Holocaust survivors – Never Again! The constant drumbeat of war mongers and war profiteers that lead to the slaughter of millions must never be allowed to sound again.