Calls for Donations for the Jewish Winter Relief for the Area of the Hanse City of Hamburg from the Gemeindeblatt [Congregation Newsletter], drawn by Hans Rudolf Growald, Hamburg, 1937/38

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These five drawings published in different issues of the Gemeindeblatt [Congregation Newsletter] and the Jüdisches Gemeindeblatt für das Gebiet der Hansestadt Hamburg [Jewish Congregation Newsletter for the Area of the Hanse City of Hamburg] solicited donations for the Jewish Winter Relief in the winter of 1937/38. The signature appearing at the edge reads “Growald,” which indicates that the drawings were the work of Berlin commercial artist Hans Rudolf Growald.

The five titles spelled in capital letters are as follows: “Every head remembers the Soup Kitchen Collection” [Jeder Kopf denkt an den Eintopf]—the image shows five laughing heads hovering over a laughing stew pot; “A simple example: Sunday roast minus stew equals a donation to the Winter Relief” [Ein einfaches Exempel: Sonntagsbraten minus Eintopfgericht gleich Winterhilfsspende]—this math problem shows a pot as teacher holding a pointer while standing in front of a blackboard; “Help fill empty stoves and pots” [Helft leere Öfen und Töpfe füllen]—which shows an empty stove and an empty stew pot crying bitterly; and in the image titled “Soup Kitchen Collection” [Eintopfsammlung] a laughing figure 1 stirs a steaming pot of stew, which is a kind of rebus puzzle for the German term “Eintopf.” By contrast, the image showing the lettering “Jewish Winter Relief 1937/38” [Jüdische Winterhilfe 1937/38] has a more serious character and, appealing to the viewer’s Jewish identity, shows a lit menorah in the background while the Jewish Winter Relief logo, the letters J and W combined below a star of David, can be seen in the foreground.

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Calls for Donations for the Jewish Winter Relief for the Area of the Hanse City of Hamburg from the Gemeindeblatt [Congregation Newsletter], drawn by Hans Rudolf Growald, Hamburg, 1937/38 (translated by Insa Kummer), edited in: Key Documents of German-Jewish History, <https://dx.doi.org/10.23691/jgo:source-77.en.v1> [May 27, 2017].