The photographer Lisel Haas (1898-1989) was a Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany. She initially applied to the USA for asylum but was turned down and came to Birmingham in 1938. She stayed until 1962.
In Germany, Haas seems to have specialised in photo-documentary images. The collection of her work in Birmingham Archives & Heritage focuses on a range of themes, particularly urban childhood.
After she came to Birmingham she set up a photographic studio in Moseley, where she began to focus more on studio portraiture.