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The David Friedmann Press Coverage Survey

Identifier: DM 375


The collection focuses on David Friedmann’s press career in Germany before the Holocaust. It holds digital images of portraits and drawings, discovered by Miriam Friedman Morris and Detlef Lorenz in German newspapers and magazines from the 1920s and early 1930s, enriched with descriptions and e-mail notes about individual personalities. Also included are portraits representing the Jewish community in Berlin and its Kulturbund in 1935/36; as are materials about the Holocaust; and a Berlin Philharmonic exhibition in 2008/09.

An excerpt from David Friedmann’s “Tagebuch” at the LBI. “My art received a new stimulus at the end of 1923 when I was hired as a press artist by chance. That brought new life into my life. I had developed a specialty without noticing it, which found great recognition and acclaim from the press. My contemporary (aktuell) portraits. Snappy quick-sketches captured those portrayed while walking, standing, at the theater, performing sports, while moving, boxers, jumpers, wrestlers, runners, driving cars, riding bicycles, doing motor sports - I drew the arts - sciences, politics. Friedmann could be met everywhere, found everywhere until late into the night.” David Friedmann “Tagebuch,” Diary Entry May 7, 1945. (Translated from German.)


  • 1918-2020


Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

Biographical / Historical

David Friedmann (Friedman; 1893-1980) was an artist in Berlin. During the Nazi Holocaust, he was incarcerated in the Lodz Ghetto and Auschwitz. After the war, he resumed his artistic career. He emigrated first to Israel and then to the United States. His papers include art work, memoirs, and essays focusing on his experiences in the Holocaust.

Biographical / Historical

Miriam Friedman Morris is the daughter of Auschwitz survivors David and Hildegard Friedmann. Art shaped her life. David Friedmann painted so the world would not forget. After her father’s death in 1980, she felt a profound responsibility to carry on his mission—to show his Holocaust art to the world. Fascination with his Nazi-looted art launched a quest to find lost works and ensure David Friedman’s rightful place in history. Her pursuit launched a worldwide revival of an artist obscured by the Nazi regime. Morris, who lives in New York, facilitates exhibitions, lectures and writes — and is dedicated to the preservation of her father’s art legacy. She has co-written a book and is a recognized lecturer and author of several articles.


14 Digital Files


This collection has been arranged into fourteen series.

Other Finding Aids

David Friedmann Collection - AR 6988/MF 742

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Miriam Friedman Morris

© 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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