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The painter, illustrator, printmaker, and etcher Marius Sznajderman was born in Paris in 1926. In 1942, his family escaped Nazi Germany via Spain to Venezuela, where Sznajderman lived until 1949. He studied under Ramon Martin Durban, Rafael Monasterios, and Ventrillon-Horber. In 1948, he helped found ‘Taller Libre de Arte’ in Caracas, where he illustrated and designed for theaters and exhibited his works. Sznajderman moved to the United Stated in 1949, studying at Columbia University. During the Korean War from 1953 to 1955, he served in the US Army, and then went to New York, where he worked as a scenic designer for theaters and taught art and art history at various institutions. In 1958, he and his wife traveled Mexico for two years. In 1959, he began a series of artworks related to Nazi occupation and the Holocaust. Marius Sznajderman died in Amherst, MA in 2018.

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Sznajderman, Marius: King Solomon, Leo Baeck Institute, 94.7.