Carl Heidenreich is known for anti-fascist political activities in Germany and Francoist Spain in the 1930s. After escaping to New York in 1941, he was the only visual artist in the circle of German refugees around Hannah Arendt. A group of dedicated supporters and collectors in the United States and Germany preserved the artwork and the memory of Heidenreich for the past half-century. These include the artists' only daughter who survived WWII in hiding as a child and joined her father in the United States after the war; a German collector, whose father saved the life of Heidenreich's Jewish wife in Berlin during WWII; a son of a German Jewish doctor who supported and advocated for the artist in his post-war exile years; a Hollywood producer whose army service in WWII led him to meet the artist; and the former president of Stanford University who met Heidenreich through Hannah Arendt in the 1950s.
The Foundation is working to strengthen and grow the international network of Carl Heidenreich supporters by keeping them connected and informed.