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Jakob Wassermann (March 10, 1873 - January 1, 1934) was a Jewish-German writer and novelist. Wassermann's work includes poetry, essays, novels, and short stories. His most important works are considered to be the novel ‘Der Fall Maurizius’ (1928) and his autobiography, ‘Mein Weg als Deutscher und Jude’ (My Life as a German and a Jew; 1921).

The painter, graphic artist and sculptor Agnes Ulmann née Speyer was born in Vienna in 1875. She studied art in Austria and in Paris, France with some of the most prominent artists of her time. In 1910, she moved to Munich, where her house became a well-attended cultural salon, and she was friends with authors Arthur Schnitzler, Hugo Hofmannsthal, and Thomas Mann. Agnes Ulmann immigrated to the U.S. in 1939 and died in New York in 1942.

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Ulmann, Agnes: Portrait of Jakob Wassermann, Leo Baeck Institute, 2022.16.