Auction 019 Online Auction 19 – Jewish and Israeli History, Art and Culture
Jun 4, 2019 (Your local time)
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LOT 103:

Hand-Made Book – Photographs of the Ruins of the Atlit Fortress, by Erwin Offenbacher – Palestine, 1940s

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Atlit, hand-made book – photographs of the ruins of the Atlit fortress by Erwin Offenbacher; introduction and binding by Carl Benjamin. [Palestine, ca. 1940s]. German.
A book made of thick, high-quality paper, with a blank cardboard binding with a cloth spine. The book contains twelve tipped-in photographs depicting the ruins of the Atlit fortress by the photographer Erwin Offenbacher.
At the beginning of the book, a handwritten title page and short introduction by Carl Benjamin.
The photographer Erwin Offenbacher (1915-2010), born in Frankfurt, immigrated to Palestine in 1940. Worked as a photographer and teacher and self-published several books.
The writer of the introduction, Carl (Ya'akov) Benjamin (1911-1976), born in Köln, immigrated to Palestine during the 1930s. Benjamin was married for a while to Offenbacher's sister, Lina Irmgard (Devorah).
Photographs: 6.5x12.5 to 8.5x12.5 cm. Book: [17] leaves, 31cm. Good condition. The photographs are glued to leaves of the book by their corners. Several stains. Minor blemishes to binding.
Provenance: The Rimon Family Collection.

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