The first edition of this children's book, 191 pp., telling the story of a young immigrant, featuring illustrations by Lea Grundig. Scattered illustrations throughout, including a number of visually arresting full-page illustrations. Minor browning, scattered foxing, spine slightly shaken, repair to front endpaper and flyleaf. 8vo. Original decorative cloth binding, some minor foxing and soiling. Tel Aviv (Eretz Israel) 1941.
Bracha Habas (1900-1968) was an editor and writer, born in Lithuania, and one of the first women journalists working in Israel after her family emigrated there. In 1919, she joined the socialist-Zionist party, Ahdut ha-Avodah, and later helped establish Beit ha-Yeladim (The Children's House), an afternoon club for workers' children, as well as the first school for working youth (Noar Oved) in Tel Aviv. Through Noar Oved she helped to develop unprecedented studies for young working women. She authored many works, both fiction and non-fiction, especially about child laborers, the lives of children in Israel, the history of Israel, immigration, and women.
Lea Grundig (1907-1977) was a German painter and graphic artist who grew up as a part of Dresden's Jewish community. A friend and mentee of Otto Dix, Grundig joined the Communist Party in 1926 and helped to co-found the Association of Revolutionary Visual Artists (ARBKD), and in 1928 she married Hans Grundig, a fellow Communist and ARBKD member. She actively resisted the Nazi regime, and in 1935 a ban was imposed on exhibits of her work. She was arrested for the first time in 1936, and in again in 1938 before being found guilty of "preparing to commit High Treason". After serving her four-month prison sentence, Grundig emigraved first to Bratislava, then to a refugee camp in Slovakia, from where she moved as an exile to Palestine. She stayed in Palestine until the end of 1948, during which time she illustrated numerous children's books. She returned to Germany in 1948.
As of January 2020, WorldCat locates only 5 holdings of the 1941 edition featuring Grundig's illustrations in North American institutions.
Book ID: 50507