Hellmuth’s Early Life
Hellmuth grew up in Leipzig with his mother, father and two sisters, Marianne and Lotte. The family lineage included many respected musicians, but Hellmuth preferred printmaking. After serving at Arras in Serbia during the First World War, he studied and eventually taught at Leipzig Academy.
In 1932, Hellmuth married a Jewish woman and had a son. Following Hitler’s rise to power, he could no longer work in Germany. He later described the Nazi flag being raised in Leipzig: “I stood next to my Jewish wife, and everybody had to lift their arms and I refused until my…wife told me, ‘You’d better put your arm up otherwise you may come into trouble’.”
Weissenborn knew his military papers would be served on him soon so made the decision to try and leave. He escaped to London, arriving in 1938.