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Eric Bennett Photograph Collection, 1939-1941 | University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection

By Amanda Moreno

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ID: CHC5154

Creator: Bennett, Eric (1902-1964)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Abstract

The Eric Bennett Photograph Collection contains portrait and scenic photography from Havana in the late 1930s to early 1940s taken by Eric Bennett (1902-1964), an exiled German photographer.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Eric Bennett Photograph Collection contains portrait and scenic photography from Havana in the late 1930s to early 1940s taken by Eric Bennett (1902-1964), an exiled German photographer.

The collection contains over 100 portrait photographs of children, as well as scenes of Havana and the surrounding countryside, taken by exiled German photographer Eric Bennett from 1939 to 1941.

Biographical Note

Eric Bennett was born Erich Behnsch in Tarnowitz, Germany, on September 24, 1902. He worked as a hardware salesman until he was arrested, along with thousands of other Jews, on November 9, 1938, on Kristallnacht and sent to Buchenwald concentration camp in Weimar, Germany. Mr. Behnsch was deported in 1939 and went to Cuba, one of the few countries that would take Jewish refugees at the time.

In Havana he turned his hobby into a profession and worked as a children's portrait photographer. Behnsch was allowed to enter the United States in late 1941 and joined other members of his family in Detroit, Michigan. He changed his name to Eric Bennett and continued to work in Detroit as a professional photographer until his death in 1964.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Requests to publish or display materials from this collection require written permission from the rights owner. Please, contact chc@miami.edu for more information.

Acquisition Method: Gift of Gisella Bennett and Carol Cohen, 2004.

Preferred Citation: Eric Bennett Photograph Collection, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Finding Aid Revision History: Collection-level record added by Amanda Moreno, January 2013.

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