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Biographical/Historical Information

The German poet Ida Dehmel, née Coblenz was born in Bingen am Rhein in 1870. Her first marriage to businessman Leopold Auerbach ended in divorce, and she was then married to the author Richard Dehmel (1863 – 1920). Ida Dehmel was active in various feminist causes, and in 1926 she was instrumental in founding the “League of female artists associations of all genres”, GEDOK (Gemeinschaft Deutscher und Oesterreichischer Künstlerinnenvereine aller Kunstgattungen". Facing deportation in 1942, Ida Dehmel committed suicide.

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Portrait of Ida Dehmel, founder of GEDOK, Leo Baeck Institute, F 83130.