Meijer Bleekrode

Netherlands / 1896 - 1943 / wikipedia
Meijer Bleekrode (Amsterdam, 13 February 1896 - Sobibór, Poland, 23 April 1943); Dutch graphic artist, graphic designer, political draftsman, painter, designer, etcher, lithographer and bookbinder designer. He was the son of Benjamin Bleekrode, diamond cutter, and Regina Boekman. On 9 November 1927 he married Els van Witsen, diamond cutter, with her he had a daughter and a son.

After training in the diamond profession, he still preferred to become an artist. He then studied at the Institute for Applied Arts in Amsterdam between 1922 and 1923, and from 1923 the Rijksnormaalschool for Applied Arts in Amsterdam. He was taught in graphical techniques by the graphic artist J.B. Heukelom, who was also taught the designer Fré Cohen. He made illustrations for De Notenkraker and designed posters for the SDAP. Later he would make illustrations for the magazine De Fakkel, organ of the Independent Socialist Party of which he became a member in 1932. In 1935 Bleekrode wanted nothing more of politics and tried to live off his artistry. He then mainly made paintings and tried to sell them to his acquaintances.

In August 1942, the Bleekrode family had to report to the Hollandsche Schouwburg in Amsterdam, a collection point for Jews for transport to Westerbork. The Bleekrodes then went into hiding. The children survived the war, but Bleekrode and his wife were caught. On 20 April 1943 they were deported to Sobibór, where they were killed on 23 April immediately after arrival.
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