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Fedor Ganz was a writer and a painter, born in Hamburg in 1910, raised in Geneva, Switzerland, and educated in France at the Sorbonne. From the 1930s until his death in 1983, Ganz was active both politically and artistically, exhibiting his artwork (mostly paintings) and publishing poetry and political essays in Spanish, French, and German. He lived a relatively itinerant lifestyle, and from his university days onwards traveled extensively between South America, Europe, and North America. At least part of the reason for this extensive travel may be traced to translation work, which he performed for the United Nations and other diplomatic and cultural organizations. His "Ensayo marxista de la historia de Espana" ( Marxist essay on the history of Spain ), first published in 1934, won favorable notices, and Nobel Prize winner Gabriela Mistral wrote the preface to one of his volumes of poetry. He had entered Surrealist and Dadaist literary circles as a young man in Paris, and he exhibited his paintings throughout his life. During the 1960s he reclaimed German citizenship; Fedor Ganz died in Paris in December 1983.

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Author and painter Fedor Ganz, Leo Baeck Institute, F 17259.