Rudolf Birnbach, “Mother Borchardt” – A Jewish Shipping Company Owner, in: Aus alter und neuer Zeit. Bildbeilage des Israelitischen Familienblattes [From Times Old and New. Illustrated Supplement to the Israelite Family Newspaper] 8 (1935), p. 7

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The source presented here is a 1935 photo essay about the Hamburg shipping company Fairplay and its owner, Lucy Borchardt. It introduces the shipping company's owner as an important member of Hamburg's Jewish community while emphasizing the fact that the well-reputed company Fairplay was headed by a woman. The article is taken from the magazine “Aus alter und neuer Zeit” [“From Times Old and New”], the illustrated supplement to the Israelitisches Familienblatt [Israelite Family Paper] newspaper. The photo's creator is named as Birnbach. Austrian Jewish photographer Rudolf Birnbach (1906-1961) was head of the renowned Berlin photo agency “Weltrundschau.” These photos could therefore either have come from the agency's photo collection or they could have been taken by Birnbach himself. In 1933 Birnbach was forced to sell the agency, and he emigrated from Germany to the U.S. the same year. Therefore it is likely that the photographs were not taken in 1935 when the article was published, but some time before 1933. The photographs illustrating the work of the shipping company and Lucy Borchardt are accompanied by short descriptive texts whose author is not named, however.
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Rudolf Birnbach, “Mother Borchardt” – A Jewish Shipping Company Owner, in: Aus alter und neuer Zeit. Bildbeilage des Israelitischen Familienblattes [From Times Old and New. Illustrated Supplement to the Israelite Family Newspaper] 8 (1935), p. 7 (translated by Insa Kummer), edited in: Key Documents of German-Jewish History, <https://dx.doi.org/10.23691/jgo:source-166.en.v1> [May 25, 2018].