Photograph of Polish writer, artist, teacher, and critic Bruno Schulz.

Bruno Schulz

(1892 - 1942)

Born into a Polish Jewish family in present-day Ukraine in 1892, Bruno Schulz studied architecture, found work as a visual artist, and taught high school drawing off and on for over twenty years. After Nazis occupied his native city, Drohobycz, he was put to work painting children’s murals for a Gestapo officer named Felix Landau. When Landau shot and killed a Jew working for another member of the Gestapo, that officer responded by murdering Schulz, explaining to Landau, “You killed my Jew; I killed yours.”

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