NEW BOOK: DAVID FRIEDMANN, Artist of the Forgotten Generation #austria-czech
I am pleased to announce a book about my father David FRIEDMANN, who
was born in Maehrisch Ostrau. Thanks to clues in his letters and my
persistence and research, Detlef LORENZ found an amazing treasure of
200 portraits and drawings published in the program magazine for all
German radio listeners Der Deutsche Rundfunk. He diligently
photographed the collection and compiled the biographies of the
subjects and this material along with discovered portraits in the
newspapers, evolved into the book:
DAVID FRIEDMANN (1893-1980)
EIN BERLINER PRESSEZEICHNER DER 1920ER JAHRE
(David Friedmann, A Berlin Press Artist of the 1920's)
By Detlef Lorenz. Verlag Hentrich & Hentrich, Berlin 2008
Juedische Miniaturen 69
The painter and graphic artist David FRIEDMANN lived in Berlin >from
1911 and was a student of Herrmann STRUCK (etching) and Lovis CORINTH
(painting). Until the Nazis came to power in 1933, FRIEDMANN was a
successful artist producing late impressionist landscapes, still lifes,
and nudes. In 1938, he fled with his young family to Prague only to be
deported in 1941 to the Lodz Ghetto and then in 1944 to Auschwitz.
Almost all his works were confiscated by the Gestapo and presumably
destroyed. His wife and little daughter were murdered by the Nazis.
FRIEDMANN survived and painted his memories of the ghetto and
concentration camps. Later he remarried and via Israel, came to the
United States, where he died after a lifetime of achievement.
During the roaring 1920s, Berlin was a city of newspapers. Newspapers
appeared several times a day and were the main informational medium for
this vibrant city. At that time, sketch artists produced images for the
press because they were quicker and more agile than photographers with
their elaborate equipment. FRIEDMANN, who had a reputation as a
brilliant and respected portraitist, had the opportunity in 1924 to
sketch, mainly portraits, for various newspapers and magazines.
According to his own account, he portrayed hundreds of personalities
>from the theater, and in music, politics, and sports. This volume shows
a small selection including Arnold SCHOENBERG, Georg SZELL, Wolfgang
STRESEMANN, Gregor PIATIGORSKY, Szymon GOLDBERG, Richard TAUBER, Leo
SLEZAK, Curt BOIS, Carl EBERT, Emanuel LASKER, among others.
For more information about the portraits and other info about the
artist, please see:
Also, a new page has been added to the David FRIEDMANN Website about my
Search for his Lost Art:
Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
Miriam FRIEDMAN MORRIS, New York
Stolpersteine: Paderborner Strasse 9, Berlin