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The writer, leading German Expressionist artist and art expert Herwarth Walden was born as Georg Lewin in Berlin in 1879. He became best known as the founder and editor of the Expressionist magazine ‘Der Sturm’, and he is broadly acknowledged as one of the most important discoverers and promoters of German avant-garde art in the early twentieth century (Expressionism, Futurism, Dadaism, Magic Realism). From 1901 to 1911 Walden was married to the expressionist poet Else Lasker-Schüler, who invented for him the pseudonym "Herwarth Walden". He escaped Nazi-Germany in 1933 and settled in Moscow. Herwarth Walden died in a Soviet prison in Saratov, Russia in 1941.

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Herwarth Walden, Leo Baeck Institute, F 3466.