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Study sketch of a corkscrew and balance scale by a German Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2005.546.38

Pencil sketch of a corkscrew and a balance scale created by Nelly Rossmann. Nelly was a graphic designer for the Frankfurter Zeitung, a progressive newspaper in Frankfurt, Germany, when Hitler was appointed Chancellor on January 30, 1933. Germany became a police state and anti-Jewish legislation was enacted. Nelly was a Quaker, but had been born Jewish. In 1935, she was fired due to a decree that Jews could not work in the publishing industry. After the Kristallnacht pogrom in November 1938, her parents left for England, but Nelly still had strong pro-German feelings and was not ready to leave. In 1939, she and her son, Michael, 9, went to England to visit her family; while they were there, Germany invaded Poland and war broke out. They remained in England and, after the war ended in May 1945, became British citizens.

Artwork Title
Still Life of a Corkscrew and a Balance Scale
Date
1920-1939  (creation)
Geography
creation : Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Classification
Art
Category
Drawings
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Michael G. Rossmann
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:43
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