Vivien Green Fryd, professor of history of art, will give a talk in Berlin 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 address the Berlin Historical Association on June 25 at the Allied Museum.
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.
The Berlin Historical Association has also invited Fryd to lead a tour of the exhibition in the Berlinische Galerie entitled Art in Berlin, 1880-1890, which includes seven of her uncle’s photographs. The gallery tour will be held on July 14.