Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research




Skip to main content

Portrait of a regal looking woman surrounded by bulrushes by Arno Nadel

Object | Accession Number: 2005.571.2

Pastel portrait of a woman created by Arno Nadel in Berlin, Germany in the 1930s. It depicts a cloaked woman seated within bulrushes done in a deeply colored, abstract style. The drawing was owned by Nadel’s nephew, Gerd Shindler, who took it with him when he left Berlin for Palestine in 1936. 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
Pharaoh's Daughter
creation:  approximately 1935
creation: Berlin (Germany)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Muriel Shindler
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:08:43
This page: