Wieland Herzfelde re-established the Malik Verlag in Prague after fleeing Germany in 1933. He was assisted by the Czech Communist Party and F. C. Weiskopf. As he could not legally run a business in Czechoslovakia without citizenship, he registered the publishing house in Prague as a branch of a fictitious publishing house in London. Herzfelde published around 40 works, including books by exile authors and translations of Russian authors.
In October 1938, Herzfelde fled to London where he continued his business. In 1939, he obtained a visa for the United States, where he founded the Aurora Verlag – the virtual successor of the Malik Verlag – in New York in 1944.
Before 1933, Herzfelde had managed the Malik Verlag in Berlin, founded with his brother John Heartfield and George Grosz in 1917. The publishing house was one of the most important institutions of the avant-garde and political left. After the Machtergreifung, his stocks – which contained 40,000 works – were confiscated and destroyed.
See also: Aurora Verlag
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