Moshe Spitzer. Reproduction by Emil Salman

The Enigmatic Life of a Hebrew Graphic Design Pioneer

Dr. Moshe Spitzer helped preserve a Jewish publisher's body of work from the Nazis in 1939 before leaving Germany for Palestine, where he designed iconic Hebrew fonts as well as beautiful books. To his friends and admirers he was an authority on good taste, but his children remembering as cold and distant.

“When I saw the painting ‘Dr. Moshe Spitzer on a Hot Day,’ painted in August 1977 – reprinted in a Haaretz article marking the 80th birthday of the artist, Avigdor Arikha, in 2009 – I was suddenly reminded of...

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