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Friedrich Adler

Nicknames: "Schlomo"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Laupheim, Biberach, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Death: Died in Oswiecim, Oświęcim County, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland
Cause of death: Gassed
Immediate Family:

Son of Isidor Adler and Karolina Frieda Adler
Husband of Bertha Haymann and Frieda Erika Adler
Partner of Dr. Leonore Pardo
Father of Paul Wilhelm Adler; Ingeborg Elisabeth Adler; Hermann Adler; Berta Lior-Adler; Max Wolfgang Adler and 2 others
Brother of Jakob Adler and Edmund Adler
Half brother of Eugen Adler; Leonore Adler; Betty Wolf; Dr. Simon Adler; Emil Adler and 1 other

Occupation: Designer, Graphiker
Managed by: George J. Homs
Last Updated:

About Friedrich Adler

German designer of arts and crafts. Born in Laupheim, Southern Germany, Adler went to Munich to study at the Royal School for Applied Arts at the age of 16. In the world of Munich art nouveau Adler was especially influenced by the artist Hermann Obrist. In order to break with Wilhelminian traditions, Obrist propagated a reform concept of cultural policy and art related to the art nouveau movement. In 1902 Adler continued his studies at the newly founded Debschitz School in Munich, where he became a teacher in 1903. The aim of the school was to intensify the contact between artists and manufacturers in the applied arts. Adler taught the technique of working in stucco and of edifice sculpture. From 1907 to 1933 he taught at the Hamburg School for Applied Arts, where he was appointed professor in 1927. When he lost his position after the National Socialist takeover in 1933, Adler continued to offer private lessons to Jewish students. From 1935 he took an active part in the Hamburg Jewish Cultural Union (Juedischer Kulturbund). In July 1942 he was deported to Auschwitz and apparently murdered there in the same year. Adler’s work was multifaceted and his creations and designs were shown in several exhibitions such as the International Exhibition for Modern and Decorative Arts in Turin (1902) and the world exposition in Brussels (1910). His principal fields of activity were handcrafted work and the design of furniture and metal objects especially made of tin. During the exhibition of the German Werkbund in Cologne in 1914 he met with universal approval for his concept of a synagogue building and for his Jewish ceremonial objects. The latter were fine silver objects in the style of art nouveau and were manufactured by the famous Heilbronn company for silverware Peter Bruckmann & Sons. Only a few of these ritual objects have survived, such as a magnificent Passover set made of silver, ivory, and glass from 1913/14 and an Eternal Light from the same year (both in the Spertus Museum, Chicago).

Eintrag im »Gedenkbuch« des Bundesarchivs:

Adler, Friedrich geboren am 29. April 1878 in Laupheim / Biberach / Württemberg wohnhaft in Hamburg

Deportationsziel: ab Hamburg / Bielefeld - Berlin 11. Juli 1942, Auschwitz, Vernichtungslager

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Friedrich Adler's Timeline

1878
April 29, 1878
Laupheim, Biberach, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
1907
1907
Age 28
1908
April 14, 1908
Age 29
Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
1910
November 25, 1910
Age 32
Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
1912
March 10, 1912
Age 33
Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
1915
February 15, 1915
Age 36
Hamburg, Germany
1918
November 22, 1918
Age 40
Hamburg, Germany
1920
December 21, 1920
Age 42
1925
January 29, 1925
Age 46
Hamburg, Germany
1937
March 22, 1937
Age 58
Nicosia, Cyprus