Renowned American artist Peter Max, held a press-conference at the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum on Thursday (Max’s family fled Nazi-Germany to Shanghai in 1938), to publicize his search for a Shanghainese woman who was his nanny 65-years ago.
“A nine-year-old girl was hired by my mother to be my babysitter when I was three years old. She was a tender girl, always smiling to me,” said Max.
“She taught me how to paint almost every day, drawing the stars and the sun, from which I gained the skills,” he said.
Max said he would do whatever his previous nanny requests to show his gratitude. “If she wants to move to the US, I’d love to take her there,” he said.
Max, who has no photos of the woman and doesn’t know her name, is likely to be unsuccessful in his search, but if your mother or grandmother ever mentioned working as a nanny for Jewish refugees from Berlin have her give him a call.