Joseph Szapiro & Michael Karra

Joseph Szapiro (Schapiro) was a publisher active in Israel from the mid-20th century.

Michael Karra, an Israeli born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, 1885-1965 Michael Karra was born in Brzezany, eastern Galicia (now Ukraine) in 1885. In 1902 the family moved to Budapest, where Karra studied at the Royal Academy of Art in Budapest. After graduating with honors, he received a scholarship from the Hungarian government in 1912 for further training at the Art Academy of Florence. Between 1919-1912 of Budapest, where he served as a professor.

During the First World War he created marble and bronze sculptures at the request of the government. At that time Karra was active in Hungarian political life and even took part in the Communist revolution of Bela Kun. In March 1919, after the conquest of Budapest by Romania, he fled to Romania and found refuge there. Between 1928-1922 he served as the court artist of the Romanian royal family. In 1928, he was invited to Yugoslavia to Serbia (where he sat until 1936) and created many works by public invitations, including large sculptures and frescoes for the city’s railway station, and he lived in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia in 1936-1928. Italy, where he dealt with painting during the Second World War, and joined the partisan forces in northern Italy in 1942. In 1946 he immigrated to Palestine and settled in Jaffa. Karra’s main work was sculpture and sculpture. In Israel, he created a number of monuments to the fallen of the War of Independence. Among others, the monument to the occupiers of Jaffa, monuments in Nesher, Holon and more.

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