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Strauss, Trudy, 1915-October 15, 2022



Trudy Strauss, a local Denver artist, was born Gertrude Nachmann on March 25, 1915, in Rastatt, Germany. She is the second of the five daughters born to Karl and Elsa Nachmann. Trudy dropped out of high school in 1933, when Hitler came to power, due to the rise in anti-Semitism. She then enrolled in the Conservatory of Music in Karlsruhe, Germany, where she had a Jewish teacher. In 1935, she left Germany for America. She first traveled to Paris to visit a friend, and from there, she took the ship in Le Havre to New York. A few months after Trudy left for the United States, her sister, Rosie, left for Palestine. Their parents and three other sisters were all eventually able to join Rosie there. All four of Trudy’s sisters permanently settled in Israel. When Trudy arrived in New York, she lived with relatives and worked as a housekeeper. Then, she met her husband, Alfred Strauss, and they moved to Pittsburg. Next, they moved to a kibbutz on a farm, where their first daughter, Miriam, was born. Then, in 1942, they moved to Sharon, Pennsylvania, where their second daughter, Judy, was born. In 1947, they moved to Denver, Colorado. They lived on 44th and Zuni when their son, Rick, was born. In 1952, Trudy started working as a piano teacher, charging $1.50 a lesson. Then, in the early 1960s, she began making ceramics at the Opportunity School, and in 1968, Trudy joined the Colorado Potters Guild. Trudy Strauss died in Denver October 15, 2022

Found in 27 Collections and/or Records:

Blue Jar with Lid, between 1960-2020

Identifier: B442.01.0006.00006

Stoneware and blue glaze jar with lid. The six sides of the jar are resemble tulip petals.

Dates: between 1960-2020

Box 1, between 1960-2020

 File — Box B442.01.0001: Series B442.01 [Barcode: U186023300306]
Identifier: B442.01.0001

Contains a Challah tray and the top of Seder Plates (the three tiers are in box 4.)

Dates: between 1960-2020

Box 2, between 1960-2020

 File — B442.01.0002: Series B442.01 [Barcode: U186023300364]
Identifier: B442.01.0002

Box 3, between 1960-2020

 File — Box B442.01.0003: Series B442.01 [Barcode: 186023300372]
Identifier: B442.01.0003

Box contains a Greek inspired pitcher, a large bottle, a Southwest vessel, and a white small bottle.

Dates: between 1960-2020

Box 5, between 1960-2020

 File — Box B442.01.0005: Series B442.01 [Barcode: B186023300398]
Identifier: B442.01.0005

Box contains a teal jar with handles and lid and a casserole dish and lid with teal glaze and incised images of vegetables.

Dates: between 1960-2020

Box 6, between 1960-2020

 File — Box B442.01.0006: Series B442.01 [Barcode: 186023300403]
Identifier: B442.01.0006

Box contains a four piece Havdalah set of stoneware and glaze, a white and blue stoneware with lid, and a stoneware and glaze blue jar with lid. Havdalah is the religious ceremony that marks the symbolic end of Shabbat and ushers in a new week. The ritual invoves lighting a special havdalah candle with several wicks, blessing a cup of wine and smelling sweet spices.

Dates: between 1960-2020

Casserole Dish with Lid, between 1960-2020

Identifier: B442.01.0005.00002

Casserole dish and lid with teal glaze and incised images of vegetables.

Dates: between 1960-2020

Ceramics, between 1960-2020

Identifier: B442.01
Dates: between 1960-2020

Challah Tray, between 1960-2020

Identifier: B442.01.0001.00001

The Challah tray is stoneware with black glazed center, two Stars of David, and Hebrew words. The Hebrew words on the tray are the final four words at the blessing and HaMotzi: lechem min Ha'aretz.

Dates: between 1960-2020

Circular Vase, between 1960-2020

Identifier: B442.01.0002.00002

Vase is unsealed stoneware with circular area in the middle with a black radial incised design.

Dates: between 1960-2020

Additional filters:

Archival Object 25
Unprocessed Material 1
Collection 1
Ceramics 25
Jewish women artists 25
Havdalah 5
Judaism 5
Denver (Colo.) 4