Gift of Ruth K. Gruenebaum
Id no. 1131.90, Book, French, Italian, German
Juedische Bilder [Pictures of Jewish Life] was printed for Hannukah in December of 1944. It contains eight inserts, each with a painting by Moritz Oppenheim (c. 1800-1882) and accompanied by text in German, French, and Italian. Oppenheim was a well-known German Jewish painter, and the eight paintings convey Jewish domestic and religious life. The cover features a woodblock print of two children looking at a book. The booklet belonged to Ruth Klara Fulder, who was born into an Orthodox Jewish family in Breslau, Germany on December 30, 1930. She traveled to England in July 1939 on one of the last Kindertransports, when Britain accepted 10,000 refugee children from Germany after the events of Kristallnacht. Ruth was given the booklet at a hostel in Blackpool in 1944, where she was placed after living with her uncle, Willy Naumber.