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June 17, 1960 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1960-06-17

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Marc Chagall Inspects Model of
Hadassah Medical Center; Executed
Stained Glass Synagogue Windows

Marc Chagall (center), world-famous painter, is shown
above during his special visit to the national headquarters of
Hadassah, in New York, where he inspected a model of the
$25,000,000 Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center. Cha-
gall was commissioned by Hadassah to execute the stained-
glass windows for a synagogue to be built at the Medical
Center, located at Kiryat Haddassah (Hadassah Town), on the
western outskirts of Jerusalem. The Medical Center will be
dedicated Aug. 3. Above, Dr. Miriam K. Freund, national presi-
dent of Hadassah (second from right), points to spot where the
Medical Center synagogue will be constructed. Looking on at
left are Mrs. Nathan D. Perlman, national chairman of the
Hadassah Medical Center Committee in the U.S., and Mrs.
Abraham Tulin, national chairman of Hadassah's Medical
Center Committee, while Mrs. Benjamin Gottesman, national
treasurer of Hadassah, watches at the right.

Schwartz, Chagall
Get Brandeis Degrees

— Dr. Joseph J. Schwartz,
vice president of the Israel
Bond Organization, and Marc
Chagall, prominent, French-
Jewish artist, were among
the recipients of honorary
degrees from Brandeis Uni-
The university also con-
ferred honorary degrees on
Dr. Ralph Bunche, United
Nations Undersecretary for
Special Political Affairs, and
Philip J. Noel-Baker of Brit-
ain, both Nobel Peace Prize
winners; Contralto Marian
Anderson; Frank P. Graham,
UN Representative for India
and Pakistan; Dr. Brock
Chisholm, former director
general of the World Health
Organization and Dr. Eugene
Rabinowich, atomic scientist
at the University of Illinois.

544-Page US-Jewish Directory Published

NEW YORK, (JTA)—A 544-
page Standard American Jewish
Directory, containing a listing
of synagogues, schools, or-
ganizations, fraternal orders,
community councils and wel-
fare funds, in a state-by-state
and city breakdown, was pub-
lished here this week.
The directory contains an
introduction by Philip M. Klutz-
nick, a foreword by Boris Smo-
lar, editor-in-chief of the Jew-
ish Telegraphic Agency, and
articles by Dr. Samuel Mar-
gashes of the Jewish National
Fund, Dr. Judah Pilch of the
American Association for Jew-
ish Education, and Dr. Jacob
Rubin, an Israeli correspondent
of the United Nations.
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Egyptian Hospital Director
Jailed for Life as 'Spy'

Fritz Katz, director of the Jew-
ish Hospital of Alexandria,
was convicted by a court there
recently as a "spy," and sen-
tenced to life imprisonment,
according to an authoritative
report received here. Dr. Katz,
a Jew, came to Egypt shortly
before World War II, as a
refugee from Nazi Germany.

days, Jewish historical dates,
the Jewish publication of coun-
tries and cities, and a bibliog-
raphy are included in another
section. A chapter on trades
and services lists Jewish enter-
prises throughout the United
States, including kosher but- .
cher shops and Jewish book
stores. The directory is pub-
lished by Meyer Barkai, of
Barkai & Jarrett, publishers of
"The Illustrated Guide and
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'My Life' by Marc Chagall:
Vivid Story of Noted Artist

Marc Chagall, one of the very
great artists in the world today,
who has lived and labored in
France for many years, was
born in Lyozno, in the province
of Vitebsk in 1887. In 1921-22,
during a return visit to Moscow,
he wrote his autobiography, a
very moving story tha'. has just
been published in an English
translation, under the title "My
Life," by Orion Press (30 5th,
Originally, a Berlin publisher,
Paul Cassirer, planned to pub-
lish it together with the artist's
etchings. But he instead issued
a portfolio of Chagall's etchings
and dry points under the title
"Mein Leben."
It was not until 1932 that
Librairie Stock published the
Chagall autobiography, in a
translation by his wife Bella,
under the title "Ma Vie." The
present American edition of
"My Life" contains also the
etchings first published by Cas-
"My Life" reveals the artist
not only as a dedicated paint-
er, but also as a sensitive
person, who loved and wrote
poetry, who wanted to play
the violin and dance, who
loved and worked in the thea-
ter, a good story - teller, a
staunch Jew.
His childhood struggles, the
devotion of his parents, the life
of his father as a laborer in a
herring factory were recalled in
his autobiography, written at
the age of 35—it does not go
beyond that — is related with
pathos. Chagall refused to be a
clerk. His mother did not want
him to be a struggling painter.
But she yielded. He began to
study. His father gave him a
few .roubles he had saved up.
He later went to Paris, then to
Berlin, back to Vitebsk to ex-
perience the trying times of
war, the. Kerensky leadership,
the rise to power of Lenin,
Lunacharsky, Trotsky.
Regardless of the eras under
which he lived, he always paint-
ed the characters he knew in
the ghetto, the scenes in Vi-
tebsk. He remembered the Jew-
ish holidays and customs. He

recalled his teachers, the rabbis
who gave him his Hebrew edu-
cation, and his subsequent ex-
periences in art schools. Later,
he was himself a teacher, until
he decided to devote himself
completely to his art work.
For a time, he received a
monthly subsidy from Baron
David Guinzbourg, but that
soon was abandoned, and the
struggle went on.

Then came his first exper-
iences in Paris, his endless
works which barely commanded
a price but some of which later
were found in art collectors'
prized possessions. He met the
world's noted artists and writ-
ers, some of whom later played
a role in the Russian revolution.
His return to Russia was
marked by a period of suffering
caused by the first world war.
Vitebsk was in the midst of the
misery of the time. In spite of
the wanderings forced by army
invasions, he continued to pro-
duce his art.
Then came the period of
Communist rule. He tells of the
role he played in the Habima,
his meetings with Lunacharsky,
the acquaintance he made with
In his life story also is in-
corporated five bitter exper-
ience of a pogrom, the flight
of Jews for life and haven.
He quotes from a dedication
to him in one of the poet
Mayakowsky's book s: "God
grant that everyone may cha-
galle (Russian word for 'march
forward') like Chagall!"
There is an account of a visit
by Chagall to Maxim Gorky,
but it is hardly to the credit of
the great Russian writer.
His description of early Corn-
munist rule is depressing. But
he loved Russia. Yet he was
compelled to write: "Neither
Imperial Russia, nor the Russia
of the Soviets needs me."
His references to the charac-
ters who became famous in his
paintings are of special interest.
"My Life" by Marc Chagall is
a vital document. It is vivid,
sensitive, written expertly by a
man who can expr'ss himself
with pen as well as brush.


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