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Rey, Margretlocked

(16 May 1906–21 December 1996)
  • Ann T. Keene

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Rey, Margret (16 May 1906–21 December 1996), writer, was born Margret Elisabeth Waldstein in Hamburg, Germany, the daughter of Felix and Gertrude Rosenfeld Waldstein. Little is known of her childhood, though she is assumed to have grown up in comfortable middle-class circumstances in a secular Jewish household. In her late teens she studied painting and photography at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art, and she subsequently attended the celebrated Bauhaus, a center for avant-garde art and design in Dessau. After moving to Berlin in the late 1920s, she worked as a photographer while painting on the side. She attracted some modest attention at the time with several exhibitions of her watercolors. With the rise of Nazism and anti-Semitism, she moved to London and then to Brazil in the early 1930s. Settling in Rio de Janeiro, she continued working as a photographer as well as a reporter and advertising copywriter....

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