A collection of artwork and ephemera by and relating to Heemann Fechenbach, comprising: 1. A 1938 woodcut known as 'The Wailing Wall' signed in pencil ‘Org. Holzschitt (original wood cut) Hermann Fechenbach’. 15cm x 10cm 2. A 1941 linocut ‘Douglas – I.O.M’ signed in pencil. A blue, orange and yellow view of sunrise over Douglas with seagulls. ‘Price. 1 Gn’ on reverse. 20cm x 15cm 3. A 1941 linocut ‘I.O.M. 1941’ signed in pencil. A red, yellow and oramge view of sunrise over Douglas. ‘Price 10 Shillings’ on reverse. 15cm x 10cm 4. A 1940 linocut (?) signed in pencil with the initials ‘O.L’ to the bottom left. Image of a man (O.L?) dressed as an academic, wearing a medal or insignia based on the Maltese Cross, Order of St John. 22cm x 17cm 5. A letter dated 24 March 1941 from Greta Fechenbach to Miss Winifred Whyatt in Bristol - ‘I am leaving the Isle of Man. After our second tribunal we are now released … Our address will be 183 Banbury Road, Oxford’. 6. Letter dated 9 October 1938 from Hermann Fechenbach to Winifred Whyatt. ‘How are you …’ 7. Photograph of drawing with a note by Fechenbach - ‘Chaluzah im Hintergründ Judaische Wüste im Totes Meer’ (Chaluzah in the background the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea). Possibly of Dr. Nadia Stein (1891-1961) who wrote Die Chaluzah in 1927 about Jewish women pioneers and who had emigrated to Palestine in the 1930s. 8. 'Die Letzten Mergentheimer Juden' by Hermann Fechenbach, published in 1972. In fine condition in slip case.
Hermann Fechenbach was born in 1897 in Wurttemberg and grew up in Bad Mergentheim. Although his artistic skills were recognised early on it was not until after he was seriously wounded in World War 1 that he was able to pursue a career in art. He married Greta Batze, a photographer, in 1930. By 1938 it was clear that he and his wife were in danger and so they emigrated to England in 1939. In 1940, however, he was interned as a suspect alien and held in an internment camp in Douglas on the Isle of Man. Here he produced some of the artwork in this archive. He was released in 1941 and moved to Oxford and later to London. Regular exhibitions were held of his work in the 1940s and 1950s. In 1962 he moved to Denham Green in Buckinghamshire. His interest in the fate of the Jews of Bad Mergentheim resulted in the autobiographical book 'Die Letzten Mergentheimer Juden' which was published in 1972. Greta died in 1982 and although he remarried, Hermann died in 1986.
Author Hermann Fechenbach
Date 1938 to 1941
Condition Very good condition