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Hermann (Chaim Aaron Ben David) Struck, born (1876-1944) was born and educated in Berlin. He was an early Zionist, traveling to Palestine as early as 1903 and settling in Haifa in 1923. In 1915 he enlisted in the German army and served in Russia, where he produced a large number of prints with subject matter that included the landscapes of the small towns inhabited by Jews, Jewish character studies and studies of German officers and enlisted men. Struck was best known as an etcher, having written a standard text, "Die Kunst des Radierens" (The Art of Etching) in 1908, and taught graphic technique to a number of artists, among them Chagall, Lieberman and Corinth. He was also a master at lithography. Struck was an Orthodox Jew, yet held the enlightened view that culture and religion could thrive cooperatively in the Land of Israel. This notion came to fruition upon his emigration to Haifa, where he created an artistic community and participated in the development of the Tel Aviv Museum and Bezalel art school in Jerusalem. Hermann Struck died in 1944.

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Struck, Hermann: Self portrait with army cap, Leo Baeck Institute, 81.539.