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Regina Mundlak (1887-1942) was a native of Poland but came to Berlin in 1901. The two noted artists Max Liebermann and Hermann Struck, who were her teachers. strongly recommended her as a student at the art academy and Ephraim Lilien published a moving appeal to German Jews in the journal Ost und West to provide aid for her support. Despite all efforts, Mundlak’s financial situation necessitated her return to Poland, but she returned to Berlin in 1906 and began to show her work at the prestigious Cassirer Gallery. Mundlak’s subject matter was predominantly East-European shtetl life and her style remained realistic throughout her life. In the interwar years, Mundlak maintained a studio in Warsaw, but occasionally showed her work in Berlin, including a solo exhibit in 1928. After the Nazi occupation of Poland, Mundalk was first forced to live in the Warsaw Ghetto and was from there deported to Treblinka, where she was murdered in 1942.

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Mundlak, Regina: Portrait of an old Jewish man, Leo Baeck Institute, 78.678.