Austin Ratner

The Jump Artist

The Jump Artist


An inspirational story of injustice, reinvention and fame.

Austria, 1928. A murder trial sends shockwaves across Europe. An unknown young man named Philippe Halsman stands unjustly accused of killing his father. Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud and Thomas Mann are moved to speak out on his behalf. But as he fights to prove his innocence, a whole nation turns against him.

So begins an extraordinary journey, from courtroom drama and prison cell to bohemian Paris at its height and Europe on the eve of war, and an extraordinary act of reinvention that will touch the lives of many of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, including Salvador Dali and Marilyn Monroe. From tragedy and injustice to freedom and, eventually, to fame, this is the remarkable story of The Jump Artist.