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Frida Kahlo's father wasn't Jewish after all
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Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Author: Ronnen, Meir
Date: Apr 21, 2006
Start Page: 27
Section: Books
Abstract (Document Summary)

For decades now, ever since an international revival of interest in the paintings and life of Mexico's Frida Kahlo, art historians and critics, including this writer, have been writing that Frida's photographer father was Jewish, possibly of Hungarian origin. A new book devoted to [Guillermo Kahlo] and his photography reveals that he had no Jewish genes and stemmed from a long line of German Protestants.

My guess is that German connections during the Nazi era were an embarrassment to her. Communists in particular were strongly anti- Nazi and Diego Rivera, Frida's great love and sometime husband, was an active communist. So of course was the nominally Jewish founder of the Red Army, Leon Trotsky, who was Frida's lover in Mexico City before he was murdered with an ice pick, at Stalin's orders. In 1949 Frida actually wrote to her father inquiring about his origins. The letter survives.

Frida and her taciturn, enigmatic father were famously concerned with themselves. Frida's favorite subject was herself (she made a trademark of her eyebrows). Guillermo's most riveting images are his self-portraits. Both father and daughter produced self-images that are silent witnesses to the tragedies of life.

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