Join us for an exciting discussion about the rescue of Jewish cultural property looted by the Nazis across Europe, centering upon the photographs and letters (1945-1946) of Koppel Pinson kept in The Magnes Collection.
Nazi era looted books and other items were processed after WWII at the Offenbach Archival Depot. The mission of the U.S. Monuments Men working in this depot was to return plundered objects to their rightful owners. Koppel S. Pinson (1904-1961), former Educational Director of the American Joint Distribution Committee for Germany, worked at this depot to distribute books to Jewish survivors in Displaced Persons’ camps in Germany after the war. As of August 1947 approximately 2,000,000 books and other objects had been restituted and distributed from Offenbach.
This talk will be given by Carla Shapreau, a member of the Berkeley Law faculty and a research associate at the Institute of European Studies at Berkeley.
Photographs taken by Pinson during his two-year tenure were donated to the Magnes by his widow in 1991, and will be on display during the presentation.
About the PopUp Exhibition Series
Each week, UC Berkeley faculty and students, visiting artists and other notable guests present brief lectures focused on selected treasures from the The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. One speaker and one object at the time, these “flash” exhibitions include the opportunity to view the art and artifacts discussed intimately and up close.
Bring your own lunch, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and take part in an exciting learning program, free and open to the public. Close-up view of collections included.
The Magnes Auditorium
2121 Allston Way, Wednesdays Noon-1 pm
Presentation begins promptly at 12:15 pm
FALL SCHEDULE 2014
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19, 26; December 3, 10, 17
Co-presented with The Jewish Federation of the East Bay