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Elisabeth Model, née Elisabeth Dittmann, was a painter and sculptor who grew up in Bayreuth, Bavaria. Her memoir accounts her attending art school, her first encounter with her future husband, Max Model, and her firsthand accounts pertaining to World War II. With her family she fled from the Nazi invasion to Amsterdam. She traveled to Greece, Israel, Italy, and America, where she and her husband finally settled.

Moissey Kogan was a Jewish sculptor and graphic artist. He was born in 1879 in Orhei, Bessarabia (now Moldova), and began his career as a Chemist, but moved to Munich in 1903 to become an artist. In 1910, he moved to Paris, where he was both influenced and appreciated by Maillol. While exhibiting his work at the Salon d'Automne in 1925, Kogan was elected vice president of the sculpture committee. Kogan also exhibited in other Parisian galleries, as well as in Berlin, Leipzig, Hamburg, Munich, and other German cities. Kogan made terracotta figurines and marble, wood, and limestone sculptures. He was also a master of woodcut, linocut, and lithography. He was interested in the Bible, Jewish history, and mysticism, as well as cultures of the East. Kogan was arrested by the Vichy Police and interned in the concentration camp at Drancy. He was deported to Auschwitz on February 22, 1943.

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Model, Elisabeth: Moishe Kogan, Leo Baeck Institute Art and Objects Collection, 90.16.

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