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Illustrated handmade book made as a birthday tribute for a friend of the artist

Object | Accession Number: 2005.546.118

Illustrated handmade book created by Nelly Rossmann as a birthday tribute for a 70-year-old friend. Each page has a drawing with a handwritten poem. 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, she became a British citizen.

creation:  approximately 1927
creation: Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
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Children's books
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Michael G. Rossmann
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:52:41
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