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Regina Mundlak (1887-1942) was born in Poland, but she came to Berlin in 1901. She studied with the two noted artists Max Liebermann and Hermann Struck, who both recommended her strongly as a student at the art academy, and Ephraim Lilien published a moving appeal to German Jews in the journal “Ost und West” to provide aid for her support. Despite all efforts, Mundlak’s financial situation necessitated her return to Poland, but she came back to Berlin in 1906, and began to show her work at the prestigious Cassirer Gallery. Mundlak’s subject matter was predominantly East-European shtetl life in a realistic style. In the interwar years, Mundlak maintained a studio in Warsaw, but occasionally showed her work in Berlin, including a solo exhibit in 1928. After the Nazi occupation of Poland, Mundalk lived in the Warsaw Ghetto from where she was deported to Treblinka and murdered in 1942.

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Mundlak, Regina: Portrait of a girl, Leo Baeck Institute, 2003.48.