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Biographical/Historical Information

The physician Arthur Czellitzer was born in Breslau (Wroclaw, Poland) in 1871. He practiced in Berlin, and his avocation was genealogy, which made him president of the society for Jewish genealogy, “Gesellschaft für jüdische Familienforschung”. He also wrote creative fiction. Arthur Czellitzer was killed in Sobibor in 1943.

The photographer Herbert Sonnenfeld was born in Berlin in 1906, and after a short visit to Palestine, he excelled in documenting Jewish life in Berlin during the Nazi era. In 1939, he immigrated to New York, where he died in 1972.

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Arthur Czellitzer / Studio portrait by Herbert Sonnenfeld, Leo Baeck Institute, F 2015.