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Arnold Hoffman, Jewish Artist, Dead; Won Fame for Anti-nazi Paintings

August 24, 1966
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Funeral services will be held here tomorrow for Arnold Hoffman, a Russian-born Jewish artist who won fame when he turned from landscapes to anti-Nazi themes. He died Sunday night in the hospital at 80 after a long illness.

One of his paintings, “Civilization, 1940,” depicted Jewish men, women and children being disgorged from cattle cars at the entrance to one of the Nazi death camps. In 1942, his large anti-Nazi paintings were shown and then hung in Freedom House in New York. A war poster, “Slave World or Free World,” was distributed by the Office of War Information among workers in arms factories.

Born in Odessa, he studied at the School of Beaux Arts there where he became a teacher before he was 20. He then studied in Germany and came to the United States in 1910. His work is on display in many museums and private collections.

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