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Through a Clouded Glass: Mendelsohn, Wijdeveld and the Jewish Connection

Through a Clouded Glass: Mendelsohn, Wijdeveld and the Jewish Connection

$85.00

Herbert, Gilbert and Liliane Richter

Pap. Tubingen, 2009

Book ID: 80787

Despite the extensive bibliography on Mendelsohn and the more limited one on Wijdeveld, there is no other serious study which looks at the topic in the way this book does, throwing new light on the lives of these two architects, and their times. The study is unique in that it focuses on the troubled relationship between them not only as colleagues and friends (a friendship which includes their wives), but as complex, at times enigmatic, personalities. This portrait is set against the unfolding drama of Europe in an age of turmoil. Mendelsohn was a German-Jew, Wijdeveld a Dutch Catholic married to a Jewish wife, and their personal stories must be read in the context of what were for the Jewish people the seminal events of the period: the establishment of the Jewish National Home in Palestine, the rise of National Socialism, Germany’s dominion over Europe, and the catastrophe of the Holocaust. The book, both in its wide-ranging content and its style, should attract a diverse audience. For academics it is a scholarly, fully-researched work; for the wider readership of professionals, and laymen it is a moving and gripping narrative.

200 pp., 3 color, 87 B&W illus.