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Fred Halbers was born as Fritz Halberstädter in Berlin in 1894. He was an actor and stage designer, but when his artistic career came to an end with the Nazi takeover in 1933, he became a house painter and learned the craft of producing imitation marble: both these skills secured him a visa to Bolivia in 1939. He was able to establish himself as a painter, engraver, art conservator, and as translator. He gave lectures and poetry readings of his own work; he had his own radio program; and he assisted university professors to translate German writings by Heidegger and other philosophers. After settling in New York in 1954, Halbers continued to pursue his art career, and he became a specialist in restoring pre-Columbian art. He retired to Argentina in 1969. Fred Halbers died in the early 1990s.
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Fred Halbers : a.k.a Fritz Halberstädter, Leo Baeck Institute, F 2750D.
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