Many of us know that the Nazis burned many Jewish books during their rampage through Europe. Less well known, however, is the fact that the Nazis saved many more books than they destroyed. They saved Jewish bibles and volumes of the Talmud; they saved Yiddish novels and works of poetry; they saved children’s activity books, medieval manuscripts, legal and philosophical tracts, and much, much more. In fact, taken together, the corpus of Jewish books that the Nazis looted from homes and libraries throughout Europe comprise the largest Jewish library in history.
The new exhibition, of works by metalsmith Paula Newman Pollachek, opened on Thursday, December 7. Much of Paula’s work in this show is Jewish ritual items. The exhibition will be on display at the Messinger Gallery through March 2024.
Join us for one or more of our programs in December, and Happy Chanukah!