Michael Blum

Michael Blum
born 1966, Jerusalem, IL

lives and works in Vienna, A

website: www.blumology.net

Lippmann, Rosenthal&Co. 2006 Mixed-media installation, De Appel, Amsterdam
Jewish bank by the name of Lippmann,Rosenthal & Co.had been trading at 6-8 Nieuwe Spiegelstraat in Amsterdam since 1859; a building today occupied by the De Appel center for contemporary art. During WWII and the German occupation of the Netherlands, the Nazis deliberately used the name of the well-established Jewish bank, when they set up a counterfeit branch in the Sarphatistraat, so they could make people believe that their possessions were safe in the vaults of this alleged Jewish banking house. In 1941-1942, all Dutch Jewish citizens were forced to hand over their securities, cash, bank holdings, art objects, precious metals and jewels to Lippmann, Rosenthal & Co. Sarphatistraat. Apart from the name, the two banks had nothing in common, and were administered quite separately.

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