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EPILOGUE - David L. Bloch

 

 

David Bloch is still active, still living in the same house, and still painting "at my pleasure in free time." He will be 90 years old on March 25, 2000. As he says, "however slow, still firm."

A book of his woodcuts was published in 1997. Titled "David Ludwig Bloch: Woodcuts. Shanghai 1940-1949," the book is trilingual (written in English, German and Chinese). It presents, for the first time, Bloch's collected woodcuts created in the years of his exile in Shanghai (which had become a refuge for some 20,000 European Jews). In spite of the difficult living conditions for refugees in Shanghai, Bloch created a rich oeuvre of more than three hundred woodcuts, which bear witness to his meticulous and affectionate observance of his Chinese surroundings and the daily life of lower class people in Chinese society such as ricksha coolies and beggars. The book is available from Institut Monumenta Serica, Arnold-Janssen-Str. 20, D-53754 St. Augustin, Germany for DM 65, ISBN 3-8050-0395-1 for $39.00 plus $3.00 postage.

David Bloch received the Culturprize from the Deutschegehorlosen Bund for the performance of art in Dresden, Germany, in 1997.

As I type this page (July 7, 1999), David Bloch is on his way to Germany for an exhibition of his works at the Jewish Museum in Furth, Germany. He has an exhibition, "Flight and Rescue in Shanghai, 1938-1949,"at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, from July, 1999, through December 2000. And he will have a one-man show of his life's artwork at the Jewish Museum in Munich, Germany, starting on March 28, 2000. This show will celebrate the occasion of Bloch's 90th birthday.

Lilly Bloch passed away in 1987 at the age of 70.

--G.K.

This image is from a photograph of one of David Bloch's works, Bridge in China, 1946.
   

 

Original Handprint, Shanghai, 1940-1949.

 

   

Original Handprint, Shanghai, 1940-1949.
   
Original Handprint, Shanghai, 1940-1949.

   
Much of David Bloch's artwork portrays scenes from the Holocaust, and the time when he was imprisoned in Dachau. In fact, many of his works are signed with his prison number, "21096." This work is titled Reception - Deception.
   
Crying Hands.

NOTE: David Bloch passed away on Yom Kippur (September 16, 2002), in Barrytown, New York.

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