The realist painter and illustrator Wilhelm Wachtel was born in Lemberg (Lviv, Ukraine). He studied at the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts under Leon Wyczółkowski and Leopold Löffler, and then at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich under Nikolaus Gysisa. Wachtel traveled to Vienna, Paris, and Palestine. He often depicted scenes or topics of Jewish life, and he was featured in a number of exhibits. Wachtel settled in Palestine in 1936, but he emigrated to the United States after the start of World War II; many of his works were lost during that time.
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Wachtel, Wilhelm: Jewish refugees, Leo Baeck Institute, 92.1.