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Wilhelm Nussbaum was born in Frankfurt am Main in 1896. He studied medicine in Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin. He practiced as a gynecologist in Berlin and in 1933 founded an anthopological organization about the Jewish race, which was ultimately against Nazi racal theory. Though the organization at first had the approval of government authorities, it was closed down in 1935 by the Gestapo.
Following the closing of the organization, Nussbaum immigrated to the United States. He opened a private medical practice in Kew Gardens, Queens. Nussbaum's home on Long Island was frequented by other Jewish emigres from Germany, who were interested in literature. He was also active as a poet and painter. In 1953, he published a collection of poems called "Ueberfahrt". Some his paintings were shown in 1976 at the Metropolitan Museum as part of an exhibition on artwork by physicians. He died in 1985.
Lotte Frankfurther was born on December 7, 1901 to Toni née Sternberg and Felix Frankfurther in Berlin. She studied political science and economics, earning a doctorate in 1926 at the University of Freiburg with a dissertation on price control in foreign trade. Lotte and William married on March 5, 1929. The couple lived in Berlin, where William ran a medical practice as a gynecologist. They had two sons, Bernhard (born 1931) and Michael (born 1935). Lotte and their two sons emigrated to America to join her husband in August of 1936, and the family settled in Kew Gardens (New York, N.Y.).
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Nussbaum, William: [Portrait of Lotte Nussbaum], Leo Baeck Institute Art and Objects Collection, 2018.35.
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