Fritz Kredel was born in Germany in 1900. He studied under the renowned woodcut artist Rudolf Koch at Offenbach School of Art and Design. After graduating, Kredel became Koch’s partner and collaborator. Koch’s influence allowed Kredel to gain a prominent position in Germany’s artist circles, but the rise of the Nazis forced him to flee to New York in 1938. There, he taught at Cooper Union College and produced illustrations for over 400 books in German and English. He became one of the most sought-after woodcut artists in the United States, with clients that included Eleanor Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.