ARNO NADEL

Arno Nadel (1878-1943).

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READING

“Eichmann in Jerusalem” (1963), by Hannah Arendt (1906-1975).

 

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CAESAREA NATIONAL PARK

Rare mosaic from the Roman period comes to light in Caesarea National Park, Israel.

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A rare and beautiful Roman mosaic from the 2nd-3rd centuries CE, bearing an inscription in ancient Greek, is being uncovered at the Caesarea National Park.

The dig uncovered part of a large, opulent building dating back 1,500 years to the Byzantine period. Scholars believe the building was part of an agora – large public area for commerce and socializing – a kind of ancient version of Tel Aviv’s shopping complexes. To the archaeologists’ surprise, under the imposing Byzantine-era structure they found a spectacular mosaic from an even earlier building dating back about 1,800 years.

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The figures, all males, wear togas and apparently belonged to the upper class. The central figure is frontal and the two other face him on either side. Who are they? That depends on what the building was used for, which is not yet clear. If the mosaic was part of a mansion, the figures may have been the owners. If this was a public building, they might have represented the donors of the mosaic or members of the city council.”

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View full article HERE.

Another mosaic at the photos below.

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1945

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“1945”, directed by Ferenc Török, takes a fascinating look at a European village on an August day in 1945 right after the end of World War II as two Orthodox Jews arrive at the train station with mysterious boxes labeled “fragrances.”
As the town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expects them to demand back their illegally acquired property which was originally lost during the war, other villagers are afraid more survivors will come and pose a threat to the property and possessions they have claimed as their own.

More information HERE.

PICASSO, THE LEFFMANNS & THE MET

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A judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by the great-grand-niece of a German Jewish businessman that asked the Metropolitan Museum of Art to return one of its most valuable Picassos, “The Actor.”

In court papers, Judge Preska described at length the persecution that the Leffmanns suffered and the desperation they must have felt. But she ruled that the estate could not show Mr. Leffmann had been forced to sell the painting under duress because any pressure he experienced was not the fault of the buyers or the party being sued, the museum, but rather the Nazis and their allies.

Read full article HERE.

LETTER TO MY SON

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Letter To My Son

(Ilse Weber – 1903-1944).

My dear boy, three years ago today
You were sent into the world alone.
I still see you, at the station in Prague,
how you cry from the compartment, and hesitate.
You lean your brown head against me
and how you beg; let me stay with you!
That we let you go, seemed hard for you —
You were just eight, and small and delicate.
And as we left for home without you,
I felt, my heart would explode
and nevertheless I am happy that you’re not here.
The stranger who is taking you in
will surely go to Heaven.
I bless her with every breath I take —
Your love for her will not be enough.
It has become so murky around us here,
Everything has been taken away from us.
House, home, not even a corner of it left,
Not a piece of what we loved and prized.
Even the toy train which belonged to you
And your brother’s little rocking horse…
They did not even let us keep our names:
We walk through the streets marked like cattle:
With numbers around our necks. That would not be so bad,
If I were with your father in the same house!
Not even the little one may stay with me…
I was never so alone in my life.
You are still small, and you hardly can understand…
So many are pressed together in one room.
Body against body, you carry the suffering of the other,
And feel the full pain of your own loneliness.
My boy, are you healthy and learning your studies?
No one sings you to sleep now.
Sometimes in the night it seems
That I feel you next to me.
Just think, when we see each other again
We will not understand each other.
You’ve long ago forgotten your German in Sweden,
and I, I can’t speak Swedish at all.
Won’t that be strange? If only it already were,
then I’d suddenly have a grown son…
Do you still play with tin soldiers?
I am living in a real Barrack,
With dark walls and dreary rooms
There’s no sun, nor leaves and trees.
I’m a nurse here for the children
And it’s nice, to help and comfort them.
Sometimes I stay awake with them at night,
the little lamp doesn’t give much light,
I sit and guard their rest,
And to me every child is a little piece of “you”.
My thoughts then fly to you
and nevertheless, I am happy that you are not here.
And I would gladly suffer a thousand torments,
If I could pay for your childhood happiness that way…
It is late now and I want to sleep.
If I could only see you for a moment!
But I can do nothing except write letters,
Full of longing, never to be sent.

 

(Ilse Weber – 1903-1944)
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https://beautybellezzabeaute.blog/2018/01/27/poetry-blogging-ilse-weber/

“AN OFFICER PAYING COURT TO A YOUNG WOMAN”

by Gabriël Metsu (1629-1667).

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Next Thursday, a 356-year-old painting that once hung in the Munich residence of Adolf Hitler will be auctioned.

Formerly in the famed Rothschild Collection, this extraordinary picture was targeted and looted by the Nazis during World War II and recovered by the Monuments Men.

The Monuments Men returned art to countries, not individuals, which sometimes put the heirs of Holocaust victims at odds with their home governments.