Vivien Fryd to Present Talk in Berlin on Henry Ries and Her Family

henryriesVivien Green Fryd, professor of history of art, will give a talk in Berlin on April 11 entitled A Non-Fictional Thriller: Henry Ries, the Quakers, the State Department and My Mother’s Dramatic Rescue from Nazi Germany. Fryd, niece of the New York Times photographer Henry Ries (1917-2004), will speak at the John F. Kennedy Institut für Nordamerikastudien at the Freie Universität, Berlin.

Ries, a Berlin-born Jew who fled Hitler with his sister (Fryd’s mother) in 1938, returned to Germany after the war and often used images of mundane life to contrast the darkness of war’s aftermath. Among his most evocative pictures of postwar Germany are his images of the Berlin airlift in 1948 and 1949.

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