Friedl Dicker-Brandeis (Brandeisova)

General Information

Occupation: Photographer, Architect, Artist, Educator

Date of Birth: January 01, 1898

Date of Death: January 01, 1944

Birth City: Vienna

Birth Country: Austria

Resident Country: Germany

Notes: In 1942 she was deported to the Theresienstadt Ghetto where she taught children to draw. She died in Auschwitz in 1944.

Sources: Zacek, Patricia. Frauen in Der Technik Von 1900 Bis 2000. Wien: ARGE Architektinnen Und Ingenieurkonsulentinnen, 1999.


Subject: Textile Design

Subject: Theater Design

Description: costume design and stage construction


Employer: Bauhaus

Title: Instructor

City: Weimar

Country: Germany

End Date: January 01, 1923

Notes: taught Itten's Basic Course for the freshmen

Employer: The Workshops for Visual Arts (Werstraetten Bildender Kunst)

Title: Co-founder, Designer

City: Berlin-Freidenau

Country: Germany

Start Date: January 01, 1923

End Date: January 01, 1926

Notes: designed textile, lace, jewelry, and books.

Employer: Atelier Singer-Dicker

Title: Co-founder with Martha Doeberl, joined by Franz Singer the next year

City: Vienna

Country: Austria

Start Date: January 01, 1925

End Date: January 01, 1931

Notes: designed textiles, embroidery, tapestries, leather handbags, houses, apartments, shops, interiors, and book bindings.

Employer: B. Spiegler and Sons

Title: Textile Designer

City: Hronov

Country: Czech Republic

Start Date: January 01, 1938

End Date: January 01, 1939

Notes: her husband, Pavel Brandeis. worked here as an accountant.


Name: Franz Singer

Project: The Workshops For Visual Arts, Atelier Singer-Dicker


No apprenticeships on record


Name: Honorary Dipolma at the Second German Lace Fair in Berlin

Description: awarded for her work at the Workshops for Visual Arts

Date Received: January 01, 1924

Name: Golden Medal and a Diploma at the North-Eastern Bohemia textile exhibition "Vystava 38 Nachod"

Description: awarded for her design of B. Spiegler and Sons' company exhibition

Date Received: January 01, 1938


Title: Innovator, Activist, Healer: The Art of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis

Description: first full-scale exhibition celebrating the Bauhaus artist and art teacher who taught children in the Terezin ghetto and concentration camp

City: New York City

State: New York

Country: United States

Start Date: August 01, 2004

End Date: January 16, 2005


Title: Friedl and the Children of Terezin: An Exhibition of Art and Hope

City: Tokyo

Country: Japan

Start Date: April 01, 2002

End Date: October 01, 2002

Title: The Royal Arcade Gallery in London

Description: exhibited several of her works

City: London

Country: United Kingdom

Start Date: January 01, 1940

End Date: October 01, 1940

Notable Projects

No projects on record


Institution: Experimental School of Graphics

Start Date: January 01, 1912

End Date: January 01, 1914

Notes: studied photography and reprint techniques

Institution: Viennese Royal School of Applied Arts

Department: Textile

Start Date: January 01, 1915

End Date: January 01, 1916

Notes: studied with Prof. Franz Cizek

Institution: Private school of Johannes Itten, Vienna

Start Date: January 01, 1916

End Date: January 01, 1919

Notes: fellow students included Franz Singer, Margit Tery, and Anny Wottitz

Institution: Bauhaus

Start Date: January 01, 1919

End Date: January 01, 1923

Notes: Took classes from Johannes Itten, Paul Klee, Georg Muche, Lyonel Feininger. Granted the privilege of teaching Itten's Basic Course for the freshmen.


No licenses on record

Professional Affiliations

Organization: Berthold Viertel's theater "Die Truppe" in Berlin and Dresden

Role: Artistic supervisor with Franz Singer

Start Date: January 01, 1920

End Date: January 01, 1924

Notes: designed costumes and scenery for "The Merchant of Venice" by William Shakespeare (1923) and plays by A. Stramm and H. Ibsen (1922).

Publications By

Publications About

Title: The History of Women Architects

Author: Sonja Gunther, Christine Jachmann, Helga Schmidt-Thomsen; Miclle Stanley (translator)

Publication: Exhibit Catalog

Publisher: ABC Satz and Druck GmbH

City: Berlin

Notes: This is a catalog published for the exhibit of the UIFA (Union Internationale des Femmes Architectes) . An exhibition of the German Federal Republik Section of the UIFA within the framework of the IBA (International Building Exhibition) in Berlin.

Title: I Never Saw Another Butterfly

Author: Hana Volavkova

Publisher: Shocken

Date Published: January 01, 1964

Notes: revised edition (March 15, 1994)

Title: Fireflies in the Dark: The Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terezin

Author: Susan Goldman Rubin

Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.

City: New York City

State: New York

Country: United States

Date Published: January 01, 2000

Title: Friedl, Dicker-Brandeis, Vienna 1898-Auschwitz 19

Author: Elena Makarova

Publisher: Tallfellow Press

Date Published: December 31, 1999

Notes: publishing in conjunction with the traveling exhibition that debuted at Atlanta's William Brennan Heritage Museum in December 2001.