Friday 25 June 2021

This week's Book of the Week is Letters to Camondo by Edmund de Waal—best-known for his memoir The Hare with the Amber Eyes, which dealt with his ancestors and relatives in the Ephrussi family. The new book is presented as a series of letters from de Waal to Count Moise de Camondo, a wealthy Parisian neighbour of the Ephrussis and a collector of eighteenth-century art. Following the death of his son Nissim in the First World War, Moise Camondo created an art museum in his honour and bequeathed this to France upon his death. De Waal's letters reveal what happened during the Nazi occupation and beyond, and trace the roots of anti-Semitism to sometimes unexpected places.
>>Visit the Musee Nissim de Camondo
>>A house for a lost family. 
>>A museum for a dead son
>>Revelations from the archives. 
>>Where Jews came to become French.
>>A tragic assimilation. 

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