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Expressionistic charcoal drawing of a young man by Arno Nadel

Object | Accession Number: 2005.571.1

Portrait of 23 year old Gerd Shindler created by his uncle, Arno Nadel, on February 21, 1936. Gerd took the drawing with him when he left Berlin, Germany, for Palestine that year. Arno Nadel was an authority on Jewish folk and religious music and was the music director for the synagogues of Berlin for over 30 years, as well as a poet, composer, and playwright. The establishment of the Nazi dictatorship in 1933 would destroy the Jewish community in Berlin. In the early 1930s, Nadel and his wife, Beate, sent their two daughters to the United States. Following the Kristallnacht pogrom in November 1938, Nadel was briefly imprisoned in Buchenwald concentration camp. In 1942, his wife was arrested and murdered in a concentration camp. On December 3, 1943, Nadel was deported from Berlin to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he was killed.

Artwork Title
Portrait of My Nephew, Gerd
creation:  1936 February 21
creation: Berlin (Germany)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Muriel Shindler
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:29:03
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