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The House of Fragile Things: Jewish Art Collectors and the Fall of France
The Benjamin (Yale 1962) and Barbara Zucker Lecture Series

In the dramatic years between 1870 and the end of World War II, a number of prominent French Jews—pillars of an embattled community—invested their fortunes in France’s cultural artifacts, sacrificed their sons to the country’s army, and were ultimately rewarded by seeing their collections plundered and their families deported to Nazi concentration camps. This talk explores the central role that art and material culture played in the assimilation and identity of French Jews in the fin-de-siècle.

May 5, 2021 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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James McAuley
Global Opinions Columnist @Washington Post
James McAuley is a European Affairs columnist for the Washington Post and recently received his PhD from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar. "The House of Fragile Things" is his first book.