London’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas

Past Events

The Art and Photography of Marianne Breslauer
Christina Feilchenfeldt , Chair: Amanda Hopkinson
Sunday, 3 March 2013

Experience the event as it happened:

Gallery Audio

Marianne Breslauer was a young photographer in Weimar Germany who captured the essence of life in an era coming to a close. She knew Man Ray, Marlene Dietrich and Oskar Kokoschka, and later, in Switzerland, ran one of the most significant art dealerships of the time. Breslauer’s granddaughter Christina Feilchenfeldt came to Jewish Book Week from Berlin to share a rarely told story of art and the avant-garde.

In just 10 years, Marianne Breslauer‘s career had marked her out as an ambitious photojournalist of the late Weimar Republic, before emigration and the outbreak of World  War Two brought this auspicious beginning to an abrupt halt.

Man Ray invited her to use his Paris studio. Soon, attracted by her scenes of the city, illustrated German newspapers commissioned her, she travelled widely, and photographed anyone who was anyone in the late 1920s Berlin art world.

Marianne Breslauer Photographs, by art historians Christina Feilchenfeldt and Kathrin Beer, includes portraits and street scenes of Paris, Berlin and Palestine which express a distinctive atmosphere and compositional ingenuity.

A memoir, available in German as Bilder Meines Lebens, takes Breslauer’s story forward to the war years and her later life running the Zurich art gallery founded by her husband, Walter Feilchenfeldt.

Christina Feilchenfeldt is a freelance art historian living and working in Berlin.

Feilchenfeldt photo credit: Elmer de Haas 

The JBW Newsfeed

Be sure to save the date to book your tickets for the launch of JBW17. We have a stunning line-up for you. All festival events for both...
Thursday, 20 October 2016
Become a Friend of JBW to help support us to continue our vital work in producing the world’s foremost Jewish literary festival and...
Thursday, 20 October 2016
The political career of Shimon Peres lasted almost as long as a normal lifetime – three score and ten years.The secret of such longevity was his...
Thursday, 29 September 2016


Unable to appear at a scheduled event, Etgar Keret sends his best to Jewish Book Week.