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Ida Levi was born in Bebra, Germany, in 1879. She married Albert Levi, her second cousin, and lived in Mayen, Germany with her husband and four children. In January 1939 Ida and Albert left Mayen via ship from Hamburg in order refuge in the US, where their four children were already living. Albert died in the US in 1941, and Ida died in Jerusalem in 1963.

Ludwig Schwerin was born in 1897 in Buchen (Odenwald) in Baden-Wuerttemberg to a Jewish family. Schwerin studied in art schools in Karlsruhe, Munich, and Berlin. He was known for doing portraits and illustrations for books. He escaped Germany through Switzerland in 1938, eventually emigrating to Tel Aviv in 1939. Schwering married Margaret Fischer in 1944 and worked as an art teacher in Jerusalem. He became known for his drawings and paintings that depict sites in Israel and Palestine. Schwerin died in Rama t-Gan in 1987.

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Schwerin, Ludwig: [Portrait of Ida Levi], Leo Baeck Institute, 2018.18.