In World War II-Era North Carolina, A Haven for German Jewish Artists and Academics

Posted on December 10th, 2018
By Charles Darwent for Jewish Book Council
 

Interviewed in 1967, Josef Albers, nearing eighty, was asked why he had spent nearly two decades at a small liberal arts school in North Carolina, having previously been a Meister at the Bauhaus (and would later become head of the design department at Yale). After a measured pause, Albers replied, “My gratitude to Black Mountain, [that] they had saved us from the Nazis.” His wife, Anni, added quietly, “In fact, we had to leave because of my background.” On both counts, they were not alone.

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Inspired by Sydney Taylor’s One-of-a-Kind Book

Posted on December 3rd, 2018
By Gloria Goldreich for Hadassah Magazine

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah By Emily Jenkins. Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. 


All of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah is a one-of-a-kind book, capturing all the delights of Sydney Taylor’s classic story of five spirited sisters, “all girls—all of a kind.” In Jenkin’s new adaptation, it is 1912 and the family is preparing to celebrate the Festival of Lights in their tenement apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The neighborhood throbs with excitement. 

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