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Philosopher, poet, satirist and author Salomo Friedlaender was born in Gollantsch, Prussia (Gołańcz, Poland) in 1871. In 1906, Friedlaender moved to Berlin to embark on his career of expressionist, grotesque, and fantastic literature under the pseudonym Mynona (“Anonym” spelled backward). His novels, poems and other writings were mainly published in expressionist periodicals of his time. He escaped Nazi-Germany in 1933; Salomo Friedlaender died in Paris in 1946.

Rudi Lesser was born in Berlin on July 12, 1902. After attending the academy of the Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin 1919-1923, he studied under Hans Meid at the Akademie der Künste (Academy of Arts, Berlin) and under Klaus Richter in Koenigsberg (then Prussia). He fled Nazi-Germany in 1933. Between 1946 and 1956 he lived in the United States, exhibiting his artwork and working as a docent at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Rudi Lesser died in Berlin on March 1, 1988.

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Lesser, Rudi: Dr. Salomo Friedländer-Mynona, Leo Baeck Institute, 78.140.