Accounting document from Querido publishing house for Konrad Merz (1937)
The author Konrad Merz would have never existed if it were not for his exile. First, the name is a pseudonym, a cover for Kurt Lehmann, who would never have created Konrad Merz if he had not been persecuted by the Nazis.
Accounts of the Gin Rummy Benefit, 9 December 1940
The European Film Fund was established by a group of German emigrants in Hollywood’s film industry in 1938 to support destitute immigrant colleagues. The Fund did not have much money to distribute, and at the same time the number of people in need was growing.
Affidavit of Sponsorship for Ilse Bing and Konrad Wolff (1940)
The process described here as “prepared” by the writer Hermann Kesten, volunteer adviser at the Emergency Rescue Committee (ERC), was in fact an enormously laborious procedure. Every refugee applying for an emergency visa for the United States with the help of the ERC had to provide not only a financial guarantee, a curriculum vitae and proof of political persecution, but also an affidavit of sponsorship.
Affidavit of Support for Eric Schaal (1935)
The photographer Eric Schaal received his Affidavit of Support from Schye Schmidt, who worked in the wholesale butter and egg business in New York. According to the document, he was Schaal's cousin.
Affidavit of Support for Hanns Eisler (1938)
After the Nazis seized power in January 1933, the composer Hanns Eisler embarked on a period of exile in which he was constantly on the move for five years with stops in various European countries including Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark, Czechoslovakia, France, Britain and the Soviet Union. In February 1935, Eisler travelled to the United States for the first time to give a series of lectures and concerts in New York.
Affidavit of Support from Thomas Mann for Heinrich Mann (1941)
When Thomas Mann went to meet Heinrich Mann at New York’s port on 13 October 1940, he thought his newly-arrived older brother to be exhausted and in need of rest. His state, however, was not only down to the physical strain of the long journey.
Akbar Behkalam: Berlin Kreuzberg, picture series (1981)
The Iranian painter Akbar Behkalam used his picture series Berlin Kreuzberg to express his sympathy with the aims of the so-called renovation occupancy movement.
Akbar Behkalam: from the Persepolis series of paintings (1977-1979)
Iranian painter Akbar Behkalam arrived in Berlin in 1976, the impressions of the despotic regime of the Shah still fresh in his mind. He soon began painting pictures of the human rights violations that had been taking place since the beginning of the dictatorship under Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in 1941.
Akbar Behkalam: Justice in Allah’s Name, series of paintings (1984)
In the middle of the 1980s, the painter Akbar Behkalam worked on his series Justice in Allah’s Name, which deals with human rights violations in the Iran of Ruhollah Chomeini. In 1979, Chomeini toppled the monarchist dictatorship of the then Shah – Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and established the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Albert Ehrenstein: Letter to his brother Carl (1941)
Two weeks after the traumatic voyage and arrival in New York, Albert Ehrenstein wrote this first letter to his brother Carl in London. In addition to describing the immigrant ship conditions, Albert Ehrenstein reported about his first impressions and new found freedom; about the hope to collaborate on journals and possible publications in German; and also about Switzerland and Spain, among other things.