Much of Schatz's time was given over to quarrels with the members of Bezalel's Berlin Board. As he saw it, he was the man of vision, constrained by the pragmatic considerations of the trustees. He insisted that the Bezalel School would one day be an art academy, and for him this aspect of the project was more important than the workshops. The trustees thought otherwise: most important to them was the production of articles for sale, which created a steady source of income.

Schatz and the Board also had conflicting views regarding artistic quality and the question of national art. The trustees were severely critical of the quality of Bezalel products, of their ornate, flowery, and somewhat old-fashioned Art Nouveau style, and of the Jewish motifs that that adorned them.


In 1913 Schatz was dismissed for a time from his post as director of the workshops. In 1914 the First World War broke out, bringing in its wake food shortages and epidemics that depleted the population of Jerusalem. In December 1917, fivedaysbefore the British captured the city, Schatz, a foreign subject, was deported to the north, firsttoDamascus,thentoTiberias,andfinallytoSafed.


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