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Lilly

DE BRESLAU A SÃO PAULO

Nascida em Breslau, Alemanha, em 1897, Lilly imigrou a São Paulo em 1925 com seu marido Max Lowenstein e os dois filhos; em 1926 foi contratada pela Faculdade de Medicina de São Paulo.

Lilly was the daughter of Martha Koblinski Ebstein and Georg Ebstein, German Jews. She was born on April 7, 1897, in Breslau, Germany. The Ebstein moved to Berlin where Lilly studied at the Lette-Verein School, an exclusive women’s school, from October 1911 to April 1914.

Lilly married Max Lowenstein in 1919 and the couple had two children who were born in 1920 and in 1922 in Dusseldorf. The end of the First World War in Germany marked the end of the Empire and the beginning of the Republic, a period that became known as the Weimar Republic, until the rise of Nazism in 1933. They were years of intense effervescence in politics, culture, the arts and science, but a period of political instability, economic crisis, unemployment and hyperinflation.

In 1923, Max and Lilly decided to leave Germany and thought about immigrating to other countries before deciding on Brazil, where they arrived in the beginning of 1925. From the port of Santos, they continued to São Paulo, where they settled in Pinheiros neighborhood.

A year later, on January 1, 1926, Lilly was hired by the School of Medicine and Surgery of São Paulo, the school of higher education in Medicine in the State, and began work as an illustrator and photomicrographer until becoming chief of the Illustration and Photography Department of the School of Medicine (USP, as of 1934) in 1932. Lilly got her Brazilian citizenship in 1935. After a 30-year career, she retired in 1956.

Lilly Ebstein Lowenstein (1897-1966) viveu entre a ciência e a arte, desenhando e realizando fotografias nos campos da medicina e da zoologia. Em seu trabalho, Lilly conjugava o conhecimento técnico da fotografia e do desenho, o estudo das ciências e um notável talento estético. Nascida na Alemanha, ela estudou na Escola Lette-Verein em Berlim entre 1911 e 1914. Em 1925 imigrou com o marido e dois filhos para São Paulo. Em 1926, tornou-se desenhista e fotomicrógrafa da Seção de Desenho e Fotografia na Faculdade de Medicina (USP, a partir de 1934), da qual seria chefe por trinta anos a partir 1932. Entre 1930 e 1935 Lilly foi colaboradora do Instituto Biológico de Defesa Agrícola e Animal, principalmente da sua Seção de Ornitopatologia. Uma vida com arte dedicada à pesquisa e difusão da ciência.