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Growing assimilation of the German Jews in the second half of the 19th century resulted in their adopting of the values and lifestyle of the non-Jewish middle class. The process of transfering photos to objects was fashionable in the latter half of 19th century.

Richard Beer-Hofmann (1866-1945) was the son of Hermann and Rosa Beer. His mother died within a week of his birth and Richard was adopted and reared by his aunt and uncle, Berta and Alois Hofmann.

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Unknown Artist: Beer-Hofmann family vase, Leo Baeck Institute, 62.3.