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Israelis You Should Know: Liselotte Grschebina

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Name: Liselotte Grschebina

Life: May 2, 1908 - June 14, 1994

Known for: Liselotte Grschebina was an Israeli photographer.

About her: Liselotte Grschebina was born to a Jewish family in Germany. Her father was killed while fighting in the German army in World War I. Liselotte studied art and graphic design before opening her own photography studio in Germany, specializing in child photography.

However, when the Nazis came to power in the early 1930s, Jews like Liselotte found their freedoms threatened, their businesses closed, and their lives in danger. After marrying a Jewish doctor, Liselotte and her husband made aliyah (immigrated) to Tel Aviv in 1934.

Continuing her photographic career in the Holy Land, Liselotte became the official photographer for the Zionist women's organization, WIZO. She also established the first organization for independent photographers in Israel. Her work found her taking photographs for railways, dairies, kibbutzim, and small private businesses. But while Liselotte's work in Germany had mostly been studio work, her photography in Israel found her outside, taking pictures of the people and geography that make the Holy Land so special.

To see some of Liselotte Grschebina's work, visit her collection at the Israel Museum.

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