Hermann Struck, Self Portrait, 1928, drypoint, 20.8 x14.7 cm, collection of Haifa Museum of Art
HERMANN STRUCK - Landmarks
Curator: Svetlana Reingold
Ninety years have elapsed since Hermann Struck transferred his Berlin home to Haifa in 1922, thus fulfilling his Zionist dream. The opening exhibition of the Museum in the house where Struck lived after immigrating to Eretz Israel presents the important landmarks in his life. At the beginning of the 20th century he was already receiving praise from the art critics, and fame as a successful and renowned artist. His travels worldwide, his visit to Eretz Israel in 1903 and to American in 1912 were quite exceptional according to the German mores of that era.
Struck was an active Zionist and a devout Jew, a successful artist with cultural, personal, and international business connections. During WWI, as a German officer in Russia, he filled a sensitive and difficult position as liaison between the German Army and his fellow Jews of Eastern Europe. His extraordinary decision to leave Germany in 1922 and settle in Israel is evidence of his determination and courage. As of 1933 he supported and assisted Jews seeking refuge in Eretz Israel from the Nazi menace. In 1944, after a painful illness, Hermann Struck died at his home in Haifa.