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Berl Locker was born in Austria-Hungary in 1887. After studying law at the University in Czernowitz, Locker joined the Zionist Labor movement Poale Zion and worked for it in the Netherlands, in Sweden England, and in the United States. Locker represented the socialist party Mapai in Israel’s parliament.

Hermann (Chaim Aaron ben David) Struck was born in 1876 in Germany. He is best known as a master etcher, lithographer and early Zionist. He studied for five years at the Berlin Academy and in 1908 wrote "Die Kunst des Radierens" (The Art of Etching), while mentoring artists such as Marc Chagall, Max Liebermann and Lesser Ury. His art was included in an exhibition at the Fifth Zionist Congress and he helped establish the religious Zionist movement called Mizrachi. Struck was an Orthodox Jew but believed that culture and religion could thrive cooperatively in the Land of Israel. He emigrated to Haifa where he created an artistic community and participated in the development of the Tel Aviv Museum and the Bezalel art school in Jerusalem. Hermann Struck died in 1944.

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Struck, Hermann: Portrait of Berl Locker, Leo Baeck Institute, 78.1615.