Henriette May zum Gedächtnis - A booklet in memory of Henriette May, a Jewish feminist and social activist in Germany, active in the field of Jewish women's rights in Berlin. Published by her family and the League of Jewish Women in Germany. Berlin, 1929. Additionally: a letter from one of the publishers and a signed dedication. German.
The booklet opens with a portrait of May, detailing her life story at length and in particular her contribution to the Jewish community in Germany, as well as articles about her personality written by family members, friends and Jewish figures who worked with her on her great enterprises.
Henriette May (25 March 1862–1928) was a German Jewish feminist and social activist active in the field of Jewish women's rights in Berlin. She studied at the Royal Augusta School and later at a teachers' seminary, and worked as a teacher in Berlin and London. In 1907, after the League of Jewish Women was founded, May became a board member and editor of the league. Her social work focused on protecting women and children, fighting human trafficking and establishing orphanages for children orphaned in pogroms. She also established a fund to enable low-income women to take vacations. After her death, the fund was named after her. Furthermore, in support of working women, May established a retirement home for impoverished Jewish teachers in Berlin.
In addition to her work with the League of Jewish Women, May was a member of many charity organizations: a board member of the Berlin Homeless Shelter Association, a member of the Operational Subcommittee of the German Jewish Aid Association, chair of the Association for the Support of Jewish Women and a founding partner of the Charitable Fund for Jewish Children. May founded and was a member of the board of the Central Association of German Citizens of the Jewish Faith (Central Verein Deutscher Staatsbürger Jüdischen Glaubens). She was the first woman to serve on the board and in 1918 became an honorary member.
57  p. 26 cm. Light stains on the cover and first pages. Good condition.