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"Langer Suicide"
photo size: 8 1/4" x 10"

Dated August 4, 1939 
Chicago Daily Times 
Photograph by David Eisendrath
Famous Chicago Death Scene Vintage Press Photo Congress Hotel Mrs. Langer Suicide.

of Congress Hotel 13th floor room and window from which Mrs. Adele Langer and two sons leaped to their deaths. r.w.g. Aug 4, 1939

Mrs. Adele Langer committed suicide and murder when she jumped from the 13th floor window of her room with her two young sons. The Hotel Congress is the most haunted hotel in Chicago. The photo shows a police detective pointing down from the 13th floor window towards the death scene. Photo has wonderful in-painting for publishing purpose. Original photo is in used circulated condition with a rip on the top left corner.

The following is the published story from 1939: 
A Czech Jewish refuges women, clutching her two children in her arms, leaped to death today from thirteenth floor a hotel here. The woman, Adele Langner, 43, and the children, boys of six and four, were dead when reached by on lookers. Karl Langner, whose million dollar textile plant was reportedly confiscated in Prague by the Nazis, when informed of the death of his wife and children, threatened to commit suicide himself. The Langer family had been here on a six-month visitor's visa and were reportedly worried that they would be forced to return upon its expiration. Shortly after Mrs. Langner and the children left their apartment for a visit to the zoo, however, the family received a letter from the Canadian Government granting it a permanent refuge. Mrs. Langner, instead of returning home, registered at a hotel and spent the night there before taking the death lap early this morning, and thus had no knowledge of the Canadian offer. 

About David Eisendrath:
David B. Eisendrath, a photographer, writer and lecturer known for his understanding of photographic principles and techniques. Mr. Eisendrath was born in Chicago in 1914. He began photographing while a student at the University of Chicago and after graduating in 1937 worked as a staff photographer for The Chicago Times. In 1940 he moved to New York to join the picture staff of the newspaper P.M. During World War II he worked in the Office of War Information as a photojournalist for America magazine. After the war he became a freelance photographer, specializing in industrial subjects. At the same time, he began to write and lecture about his craft. His columns, which appeared in the magazines Popular Photography, Industrial Photography and Photo Methods for Industry, were admired for conveying often abstruse subject matter understandably. At the time of his death he was a contributing editor of Modern Photography.  Mr. Eisendrath was a member of the American Society of Magazine Photographers and the Society of Photographic Scientists and Engineers, and he was a fellow of the Photographic Society of America.


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