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Max Westfeld was a noted German portrait artist. He also painted still lives and landscapes, mainly of the lower Rhine and Westphalia countryside. Westfeld was born in 1882 in Herford and studied in Düsseldorf. He and his son, Gerd immigrated to the United States in 1939 and settled in Nashville, TN; they took on the name Westfield. One of Max Westfeld’s best known works is a portrait of Albert Einstein, which hangs at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. Max Westfeld died in 1971.

Julius Blumenthal was a co-owner of the grocery wholesale business, Josef Falk, in Hamm. He was also the last president of the Jewish Community of Hamm. He died in Auschwitz in 1943.

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Westfeld, Max: Portrait of Julius Blumenthal, Leo Baeck Institute, 2006.1.