About Ella Atnhold-Lewenz & her Illustrious Family
in Germany & Beyond
The Arnholds were wealthy German Jewish bankers and patrons of the arts in Dresden & Berlin in the late 19th century and into the 20th century.
A rare manuscript poetry book, namely,Greve's Wanderungen (Nov. 1901) from the library of Ella Arnhold Lewenz (1883-1954) found its way into the University of Manitoba archival FPG (Greve/Grove) Collections in 2008.
How it got there will trace:
- the odyssey of Ella's privileged upbringing, her forced exile to New York following the "Kristallnacht" events in late 1938,
- her renowned bibliophile collection of Goetheana (exhibited at the New York Public Library, ca. 1939), and
- the early colour home movies her grand-daughter Lisa Lewenz used in the acclaimed film A Letter Without Words (1998), and
- a painting by 19th century German artist Walter Leistikow, which was plundered by the Nazis & ordered returned from Vienna's Belvedere Gallery to Ella's heirs in 2010.
a List of 69 Text- & Image Slides
(full online access on the Slide Player website)
Gaby Divay is a Senior Scholar in Archives & Special Collections, University of Manitoba, where she has curated the Spettigue Collection documenting the sensational 1971 discovery that the Canadian author Frederick Philip Grove (1879-1948) was really the minor German poet Felix Paul Greve. Her interest in the Arnhold family stems from the acquisition of Greve's Wanderungen (1902) from Ella Arnhold Lewenz' library for the university's archival Greve/Grove Collections in 2008.
Susan Turner is a Winnipeg artist working in video and printmaking with a concentration on photography and its relation to memory. She has exhibited widely, receiving support for her work form the Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Banff Centre for the Arts, and Jewish Foundaton of Manitoba. She has curated/designed major exhibitions for the Jewish Heritage Centre, including Mazel Tov: A Chasene -The Jewish Wedding, and Samuel Freedman: Justice, Justice Shalt Thou Seek, and, in 2013, the exhibit/graphic designer/co-curator for A Stitch in Time: Winnipeg Jews and the Garment Industry
11jan2016 © Gaby Divay