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Born in Vienna on February 2, 1878, Martin Buber studied philosophy and art history at various European universities, became active in the Zionist movement, and worked as an author, editor, and publisher. Moving to Berlin in 1906, and to Heppenheim near Frankfurt am Main in 1916, he published highly regarded philosophical and theological works. Buber emigrated to Palestine in 1938, where he taught at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem until his death on June 13, 1965.

Herbert Feist (1903-1981) was born in Mannheim, Germany to Dr. David Walter Feist (1864-1921) and Auguste Feist née Herschel (1878-1930). Herbert was an artist in Germany, selling his sketches of people to various publications. In 1934, he married Edith née Gruenthal (born 1912). After their immigration to the United States in 1936, Herbert started a business (Polytect Corporation) and also became a patent attorney. In the 1960s, Feist started an art gallery on the upper east side of Manhattan, where he remained until his death in 1981. Herbert Feist expressed his life-long love of music not only in his many sketches of musicians, but as an amateur musician – he played viola in a string quartet. He also painted, creating many abstract works during his years in the United States.

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Feist, Herbert: Portrait of Martin Buber (1878-1965), Leo Baeck Institute, 78.1609.