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Benno Elkan (1877-1960) was a German-Jewish sculptor and medalist. Born in Dortmund, he studied painting at the Royal Academy in Munich and later in Paris, where he befriended Paul Albert Bartholome. He returned to Germany in 1911 and learned sculpture on his own, creating a number of large tombstones, statues, and monuments. Elkan married Hedwig Einstein, a concert pianist and sister of Carl Einstien. Once the Nazis rose to power in 1933, he and his wife emigrated to London. In recognition of his artist contributions, he was made an Officer of the British Empire.

Emil Stumpp was born in Neckarzimmern in 1885. He studied briefly in Karlsruhe, but was largely self-taught. He was active as a painter and lithographer in Königsberg. In 1941 he died while being held as a political prisoner in Stuhm (now Sztum, Poland).

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Stumpp, Emil: Portrait of Benno Elkan, Leo Baeck Institute, 78.699.

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