Jewish Heritage Report
Vol. I, Nos. 3-4 / Winter 1997-98
People in the News

People in the News

Changes in Berlin

Andreas Nachama
, director of Berlin's Topography of Terror Foundation and organizer of the huge "Patterns of Jewish Life" exhibition in Berlin in 1992, has been elected by the Berlin Jewish Community Parliament as director of Berlin's Jewish Community. At the same time, Herman Simon, director of the Centrum Judaicum, the research institute and museum established in the restored remains of Berlin's former Oranianburgerstrasse Synagogue,. has been elected Chairman of the Parliament. Nachama replaces Jerzy Kanal, who retired. In addition to his credentials as a scholar and promoter of Jewish culture, Nachama is the son of Estrongo Nachama, the community's long-time cantor. Among the many issues Nachama must confront is the future of Berlin's Jewish Museum, designed by Daniel Liebskind as an addition to the Berlin City Museum, which is not yet open. Amnon Barzel, the Israeli modern art curator first named as director of the museum, was dismissed from his position by the city and is contesting the dismissal. The episode has provoked a lively (and often acrimonious) public debate on the role of the museum, and Jewish cultural institutions in General, within Berlin. The situation took a new turn in November 1997, when German-born American economist Michael Blumenthal was named as acting chairman and chief executive of the museum. Mr. Blumenthal is former U.S. Treasury Secretary and CEO of the Burroughs Corporation (now Unisys). His recent ties to Germany include a seat on the Board of Daimler-Benz InterServices. He also is writing a book on the history of German Jews.

Evelyn Friedlander Honored

Evelyn Friedlander
, founder and president of the Hidden Legacy Foundation, was honored by the German government at a ceremony held at the German Embassy in London. Friedlander was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz Erster Klasse (Order of Merit) for her work towards bettering German-Jewish relations. Friedlander has curated two recent traveling exhibitions: Genizah and Mappot.

Clinton Appointees

U.S. President Bill Clinton has re-appointed Michael Lewan to a third term as Chairman of the United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad. Mr. Lewan has served as Commission Chairman since 1995, when he replaced Rabbi Arthur Schneier. President Clinton also announced his intention to reappoint Rabbi Edgar Gluck of Brooklyn to the Commission. Rabbi Gluck has served since 1987.

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