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Fritz Nathan was born in Bingen [am Rhein], in the Rhineland, in 1891. He was a graduate of the Institute of Technology of Munich and Darmstadt, and became one of the leading Jewish architects in Germany before the Nazis came to power. Among his earlier achievements in Germany were the monument in honor of Jewish soldiers at the Weissensee cemetery, the new Jewish cemetery in Frankfurt, the first skyscraper in Mannheim, and a department store in Frankfurt. His architectural work displayed the impact of the modern style popular at that time. - Nathan emigrated to the Netherlands in 1938, and he came to the United States in 1940, where he continued his architectural career and became best known for the design of Jewish temples, such as the Jewish Community Center in White Plains and the temple of the Congregation Mishkan Israel in New Haven. In addition, he designed many industrial and private buildings, both in Germany and in the United States. Fritz Nathan died in New York City on November 3, 1960.

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Unknown Artist: Fritz Nathan, Leo Baeck Institute, 81.107.