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Born in Berlin on June 13, 1887, Ludwig Misch was educated as a lawyer but worked as a musical composer, music critic, and music teacher after having received his musical education at the Sternsche Konservatorium. In the first years of the 1930s Ludwig Misch founded his own a cappella choir, “Neue Madrigalvereinigung”, later the “Juedische Madrigalvereinigung”. Married to an "Aryan," Anni Brix, he lived in Berlin through the Nazi era, and immigrated to the United States in 1947, where he continued his musical career. He died in New York City on April 22, 1967.

Richard Colin was a painter born in Dresden in 1887. He studied art in Breslau and Berlin and was a student of the painter Eduard Kaempffer. He worked as an artist in Berlin for several years until he was banned from artistic work in 1935 by the Nazis. He survived World War II with the help of his wife (who was Aryan) and friends who hid him to prevent his deportation to a concentration camp. After the war he became a teacher at the Hochschule für bildende Künste and taught night classes for the British Army. In 1947 he immigrated to New York where he continued to be active as a painter (particularly in the 1950's) and lived until his death in 1971.

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Colin, Richard: Portrait of Ludwig Misch, Leo Baeck Institute, 79.4.