Hugo Gellert-Julius Zilser

I solved a mystery for the Smithsonian! I noticed a photo of Hugo Gellert on the Archives of American Art site and realized I had seen it before.

They had no idea who Hugo was standing with. But I did! Hugo is one of the four main subjects of my book.

I wrote them the following email and they updated their website.

Please see the attached photo from “This Noble Flame” which confirms that this is Julius (Gyula) Zilzer at their joint exhibit in 1960. G.D. Hackett took most of the contemporary photos in the book and was also a friend of Hugo.

Zilzer and Gellert had more than art in common: they were both devoted to ending fascism and creating world peace.

Citation for confirming photo:

Zoltan Deak, editor, This Noble Flame, an Anthology of a Hungarian Newspaper in America, 1902-1982 (New York: Heritage Press, 1982) 200. Zoltan Deak, editor, This Noble Flame, an Anthology of a Hungarian Newspaper in America, 1902-1982 (New York: Heritage Press, 1982), 200.

Here is a bio of Zilzer:

Greenstein, Saul. “The Artist Who Forewarned the Dangers of the Nazis”, The Librarians Blog, National Library of Israel, 4 September, 2018. Read it here.

This Noble Flame

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