Posts Tagged ‘Searching For…’

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Remember Me? Help Identify Displaced Children

November 16, 2011

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has launched a new project “Remember Me: Displaced Children of the Holocaust.”

The Museum is asking for your help to identify displaced children and document what became of these young Holocaust survivors after the war.

“They are the most vulnerable victims of war and genocide. Between 1933 and 1945, millions of children were displaced as a result of persecution by the Nazis and their collaborators. After World War II, relief agencies photographed some of the children who survived to help find their families. Now, more than 65 years later, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is working to discover what became of these young survivors.”

On the museum’s website, you can browse the names of the children or view their pictures. Please contact the museum at RememberMe@ushmm.org or click on “I remember this child!” button near his/her individual photo if you recognize a child or see yourself in the pictures. The images for this project have been provided by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and The Museum of Jewish Heritage, A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.

The photo above shows Berthe Moscowicz, who now goes by the name Bracha Aris and lives in Israel. She came across her own picture in the photo gallery and identified herself.

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Research Project: 3rd Generation German Jewish Interpersonal Relationships

September 12, 2011

Here is a query from a reader. Please reply to her directly or comment to this post.

My name is Charla R. Malamed. I am a doctoral student at Derner Institute, at Adelphi University on Long Island, New York.

I am currently conducting a research project, in which I am interested in learning about the transmission of Holocaust WWII experience across the generations, and about how that experience influences the individual’s relationships with the self and with others, specifically with a German/Jewish individual (German non-Jewish, if the individual is Jewish; Jewish, if the individual is German non-Jewish).

I want to understand how cultural and familial memory of the Holocaust influences the development of the self and the ways in which an individual is able to relate to the ‘other;’ that is, how has the Holocaust affected Jewish/German non-Jewish relations today, in the 3rd generation?

To be eligible to participate, you must:

(1) Be a  grandchild of a someone who lived during the Nazi regime in one of the Nazi-occupied territories

(2) have had, or currently have, a meaningful and ongoing relationship with a German non-Jewish individual (if you are Jewish) or a Jewish individual (if you are German and non-Jewish).

Anyone who is interested will be asked to participate in a 75-90 minute interview, as well as complete a pencil-and-paper questionnaire. All the information resulting from this research will be anonymous.

Charla Malamed

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Researching Paul Huldschinsky

September 3, 2010

Paul HuldschinskyI am a German writer of biographies and am researching for years about Paul Huldschinsky (at left, a sketch drawn by Paul’s father, Oscar Huldschinsky].

Paul Huldschinsky fled Germany in 1938 and emigrated to California. He was responsible for the interior decorations of Thomas Mann’s house in Pacific Palisades, and as Art Director, he received the Oscar for the film “Gaslight” with Ingrid Bergmann.

I am looking for photos or pictures in magazines or newspapers of him and his work.

—E-M Herbertz, emherbertz@aol.com

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The Lost Art of David Friedmann

August 5, 2010

I am searching for the lost art of David Friedmann (1893-1980). He was a student of Hermann Struck (etching) and Lovis Corinth (painting). He achieved acclaim and a great reputation as a painter known for his portraits drawn from life. His talent for quick sketching gave rise to an additional career as a freelance artist in 1924-1933 for Berlin’s great newspapers and the radio program magazine, Der Deutsche Rundfunk. He was a leading Pressezeichner of the 1920’s and portrayed hundreds of celebrated personalities from the Arts, Music, Theater, Sports, and Politics.

He fled to Prague with his family at the end of 1938, only to be deported to the Lodz Ghetto in October 1941. The Gestapo looted his oeuvre in 1941 in Berlin and again in Prague under the auspices of the Deutsches Reich. His works comprising of 2000 etchings, lithographs, drawings, and paintings are lost without a trace along with art that was sold or displaced as a consequence of war. Some art was saved by fleeing refugees from Hitler and scattered to unknown places throughout the world.

Although few prewar works have surfaced, an amazing treasure of 300 “published” portraits was discovered: Alexander Kipnis, Jan Kiepura, Else Eckersberg, Arnold Schönberg, Georg Széll, Wolfgang Stresemann, Gregor Piatigorsky, Szymon Goldberg, Richard Tauber, Therese Rothauser, Leo Slezak, Curt Bois, Carl Ebert, Emanuel Lasker, Richard Réti, and Ernst Toller, among others.

However, hundreds of portraits still remain elusive, including the twelve-year old Yehudi Menuhin performing at his first concert in Berlin. The drawing appeared on April 13, 1929, the day after his concert and may have been published in any number of newspapers throughout Germany. Other “known” lost portraits are: Albert Einstein, Rabindranath Tagore, Ramsey MacDonald, Edouard Herriot, Thomas Mann, Martin Buber, Max Brod, Carl Flesch, Raya Garbusova, Bronislaw Huberman, Jan Kubelik, Edwin Fischer, Rachelle Shubow, Eduard Rothauser, Benjamino Gigli, Mattia Battistini, Max Schmeling, and Ernst Udet.

The portraits were autographed by the subject and signed by the artist in a variety of styles and signatures: D. Friedmann, Dav. Friedmann, DaFrie, Fried, DF, Fr.Dav, or just Friedmann.

I would be grateful for leads to artwork by David Friedmann. My aim is to create a catalogue of his works, evidence of his brilliant career the Nazis could not destroy. Thus, I appeal to the public to join my search and preserve the legacy of this remarkable artist.

For more info:

David Friedmann (1893-1980) Ein Berliner Pressezeichner der 1920er Jahre By Detlef Lorenz; ISBN 978-3-938485-77-4

David Friedmann, A Berlin Press Artist of the 1920’s

Searching for the Lost Art of David Friedmann

Holocaust Era Assets Conference Paper – Artist David Friedmann: A Daughter’s Search for Lost and Stolen Art

Portfolio of Portraits of Famous Chess Masters

Berühmte Musiker – gezeichnet von David Friedmann

— Miriam Friedman Morris, mirifm@aol.com

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Slave Labor for Dynamit Aktiengesellschaft in Christianstadt

July 13, 2010

My father did 2 years hard labor in Christianstadt/Germany (Krzystkowice/Poland) for die Dynamit Aktiengesellschaft during World War II.

I am looking for anybody who had a relative or knows somebody else, who  did hard labor there as well for die Dynamit Aktiengesellschaft during the War. Please contact Harm Karst Johannes Breman, Zwolle, Holland

[I suggest reading Hildegard Taussig Friedman‘smemoirs (1941-1945) “Meine Lebensgeschichte” (in German). Taussig Friedman was sent to Christianstadt, among other camps.  To research further, I also recommend visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s website regarding its 2002 symposium  “Forced and Slave Labor in Nazi-Dominated Germany” with downloadable podcasts. The Museum has also records of the transport list from Gross-Rosen/Kommando Christianstadt to Parschnitz, Nov. 24, 1944 and Dec. 2, 1945.  — Tekla Szymanski]

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Looking for Information on Kate Steinitz

January 31, 2010

In charge of the Klingspor Museum Offenbach, I am writing an essay on the German Jewish illustrator KATE STEINITZ.

She immigrated to New York in 1936, but unfortunately, I can’t find any hints to the circumstances of her living in New York City (up to 1942).

Later she moved to Los Angeles and became a famous art historian working on Leonardo da Vinci.

— Stefan Soltek, Germany

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Searching for the Lubinski Family

January 31, 2010

I am looking for information on KURT LUBINSKI, his life and, especially, his photographic work. He was a German Jewish journalist and photographer and traveled the world in the 1920s and 30s. Lubinski worked for the Ullstein Verlag in Berlin and wrote many articles, accompanied by his own photographs, for the Berliner Morgenpost, Der Querschnitt and other magazines.

Lubinski was a close friend of the famous German journalist Manfred George who emigrated to the USA in 1938. Manfred George became the editor-in-chief of the German Jewish newspaper Aufbau in New York.

Kurt Lubinski was born in Berlin on October 19, 1899. In 1933, he emigrated to Holland and in 1938/1939 to England, and later (probably in 1943) to New York. His wife MARGOT LEWIN-RICHTER was a photographer. She was born on March 17, 1906, in Berlin-Wilmersdorf. They had a son PETER THOMAS LUBINSKI, born November 22, 1931, in Berlin.

The Lubinskis (and also their son) have already passed away. Is there still family of the Lubinskis living in the USA? Can anyone give me some information on them?

— Louis Zweers, The Netherlands


Readers’ Responses:

I was looking through books from 1939 and found some photos by Kurt Lubinski. [The books are part of] a four-volume, 1,592-page set called “The Story of The Bible/Told by Living Writers of Authority,” Library Edition in Four Volumes, With Upwards of 1200 Illustrations in Colour and Monotone. The publisher is Wm. H. Wise & Co., New York, MCMXXXIX.

the pictures in these books are from many sources, most of them from the American Colony in Jerusalem. The one [picture] I noticed from Lubinski (I then googled and found your inquiry) was in volume four, “St. John to Revelation.”

I thought you might want to know some of his work was published in that set. It’s a time trip back into that part of the world — both to the early part of the 20th century and to two millennia ago.
— Tom, Boston

My mother Erika Landsberg-Simon (Glueck;Crossman;von Meiss;Sieber;Levi),
made a contract with Kurt Lubinski in 1938. My mother was to send photographs from Africa; they were to be offered as Photograph by Meiss-Teuffen with the copyright by Kurt and Margot Lubinski.

I am currently sifting through my mothers papers; there may be more info. If anyone has seen any publication with photos by my mother, I would be very happy to have access to them.

I am vague about Hans von Meiss-Teuffen’s whereabouts after 1973. I do know that he managed a country club at Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains in New York State for a while. He was the only husband of my mothers to be at her funeral in 1979 (he married my mother in N’dola, then Northern Rhodesia, in 1937 and they were divorced in Switzerland in 1941).

He committed suicide sometime in the 80’s (possibly 90’s), but I do not know what year. I was told this by my aunt (my father’s sister), who is the sister-in-law of Hans von Meiss. I have information about his activities in Africa during the time he was married to my mother, as I have unearthed correspondence from that time.
— Kora Dalager-Sieber