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Drawing of four women peeling potatoes drawn by a German Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2005.546.50

Black ink drawing of women peeling potatoes created by Nelly Rossmann in Germany in 1934. Nelly was a graphic designer for the Frankfurter Zeitung, a progressive newspaper in Frankfurt, Germany, when Hitler was appointed Chancellor on January 30, 1933. Antisemitic legislation soon took away the rights of Jews. Nelly was a Quaker, but she had been born Jewish, and in 1935, she was fired due to a decree that Jews could not work in publishing. Nelly taught children crafts to support her 5 year old son, Michael. 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 her country. In 1939, she and Michael 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, they became British citizens.

Artwork Title
Group of Four Women Peeling Potatoes, 1934
creation:  1934
creation: Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Michael G. Rossmann
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:54:33
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