The author, publisher, and Rabbi Heinrich Brody was born in Ungvár (Uzhhorod, Ukraine) in 1868 and became known as a specialist on medieval Hebrew poetry. From 1912 on, he served as chief rabbi of Prague. In 1930, Brody became the director of the newly founded “Institute for Research of Hebrew Poetry” at the Schocken publishing house in Berlin and moved with the institute to Jerusalem in 1933. Heinrich Brody died in Jerusalem in 1942.
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 Heinrich Brody, Leo Baeck Institute, 81.488.