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Heinrich Stahl was born in Berlin-Rudow on April 13, 1868. For much of his life, he worked as an insurance executive, including with the Viktoria Versicherungsgesellschaft in Berlin, and was also involved in Jewish communal affairs. In 1933 he was elected chairman of the Berlin Jewish Community and worked hard in assisting Berlin Jews to leave Germany, cooperating with many organizations, including the Reichsvertretung der Juden in Deutschland. He was the last president of the organization. On June 11, 1942 Heinrich Stahl and his wife Jenny were deported to Theresienstadt, where he died that same year at the age of 75.

Max Liebermann trained in Weimar before continuing to study in Amsterdam and Paris, where he was influenced by Courbet, Millet, and the Barbizon School. Liebermann returned to Germany in 1878 and continued painting in the Impressionist style, founding the movement in his native country. In 1899, he helped found the Berlin Secession. He was a very influential figure in German art and was the dominant figure until the emergence of avant-garde art. He was the president of the Prussian Academy of Arts but was forced to resign in 1933 because he was Jewish.

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Liebermann, Max: Portrait of Heinrich Stahl, Leo Baeck Institute, 77.56.