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David Ludwig Bloch Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 7199 / MF 884

Scope and Content Note

Books; booklets regarding Shanghai; guides; almanacs; magazines, Clippings from the Shanghai Jewish Chronicle, Straubinger Tageblatt (1939); family papers, Photos of Shanghai; various items from the Shanghai Herald

Dates

  • 1900-2002

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is in German, English, French, Hebrew, and Chinese.

Access Restrictions

Brittle material, do not photocopy

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Biographical Note

Born in 1910 in Floss, Bavaria, David Ludwig Bloch lost his hearing as a child. He began to study porcelain painting in 1925, and was employed at this until 1934. He then began studies at the state school for applied painting in Munich. By this time the artist had already taken part in exhibitions of the Jewish Culture Federation of Bavaria. Bloch became a commercial artist and decorator with the department store Sallinger in Straubing, but subsequently was fired for being Jewish. He was excluded from studies in Munich for the same reason. During Kristallnacht Bloch was arrested and imprisoned in Dachau for four weeks, after which he found work with the master painter Heinz Voges in Munich. In 1940 the artist emigrated to Shanghai, where he got married to Lilly Cheng Disiu, who was also deaf. Bloch moved to New York in 1949, and worked there for 26 years as a graphic artist. After a visit to Germany in 1976, the Holocaust became an intense focus of his art. A book published in 1997, titled David Ludwig Bloch: Woodcuts. Shanghai 1940-1949, is trilingual (written in English, German and Chinese) and presents Bloch's collected woodcuts created in the years of his exile in Shanghai (which had become a refuge for some 20,000 European Jews). Bloch created a rich oeuvre of more than three hundred woodcuts, which bear witness to his meticulous and affectionate observance of his Chinese surroundings and the daily life of lower class people in Chinese society. In 2000, he had a one-man retrospective at the Jewish Museum in Munich, Germany, 2000. That show celebrated the occasion of Bloch's 90th birthday.

Extent

1 Linear Feet

Abstract

Books; booklets regarding Shanghai; guides; almanacs; magazines, Clippings from the Shanghai Jewish Chronicle, Straubinger Tageblatt (1939); family papers, Photos of Shanghai; various items from the Shanghai Herald

Microfilm

Collection is available on 2 reels of microfilm (MF 884).

  1. Reel 1: 1/1-1/37
  2. Reel 2: Shanghai Wars-2/4

Related Materials

See also: Art Collection, LBI and Hans Jacoby collection which contain Bloch's woodcuts.

Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Title
Guide to the David Ludwig Bloch Collection, 1900-2002 AR 7199 / MF 884
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by LBI Staff
Date
© 2010
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • July 24, 2013 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States