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Born in 1910, Floss, Bavaria, David Ludwig Bloch lost his hearing as a child. At age 5 he came to Munich to the national institute for the deaf and mute. Subsequently, he attended a private school for the deaf in Jena. He began to study porcelain painting in 1925, and was employed at this until 1934, when because of the world economic crisis he became unemployed. He then began studies at the state school for applied painting in Munich. By this time the artist had already taken part in exhibitions of the "Jewish Culture Federation of Bavaria". Bloch became a commercial artist and decorator with the department store Sallinger in Straubing, but subsequently was fired for being Jewish. He was excluded from studies in Munich for the same reason. During Kristallnacht Bloch was arrested and was in Dachau for 4 weeks, after which he found work with the master painter Heinz Voges in Munich. On 3 April 1940 the artist emigrated to Shanghai. There he married the deaf Chinese Lilly Cheng Disiu. In this time among other things he worked in inks and water colors. He moved to New York in 1949, and worked there for 26 years as a graphic artist. He visited Germany in 1976 for the first time after 1940, and after this visit, the Holocaust became an intense focus of his art.

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Bloch, David Ludwig: The Nazi Bible, Leo Baeck Institute, 83.17.