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Saved by The Bay: The Intellectual Migration from Fascist Europe to UC Berkeley

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A video accompanying the exhibition, "Saved by The Bay: The Intellectual Migration from Fascist Europe to UC Berkeley" (The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, University of California, Berkeley, Spring 2014), featuring professors Richard Buxbaum, Thomas Laqueur, and Martin Jay, and Undergraduate Research Apprentice, Elena Kempf.

Produced by Francesco Spagnolo
Video production and editing by Ben Pierce

More about the exhibition at http://bit.ly/savedbythebay

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Journeys East, Patterns of Collecting Play

During the political upheavals of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Jews fled their homes and communities in and around India, North Africa, and the former Ottoman Empire. As much of this material culture was being actively destroyed, artifacts from these communities were at risk of vanishing altogether. In response, Magnes co-founders Rebecca and Seymour Fromer, curator Ruth Eis, and volunteer Rabbi Bernard Kimmel traveled to these areas, sometimes at great personal risk, to collect and preserve these materials for future generations.

These unique objects were researched as part of the museum's multi-year Collection Access Project, which will enable the museum to dramatically improve the care, interpretation, and exhibition of the permanent collection.

These videos were filmed as part of the Museum Loan Network's "Collecting Stories: Connecting Objects" Grant and the Journeys East, Patterns of Collecting exhibition:

Alla Efimova, Magnes Chief Curator, interviewed Rebecca and Seymour Fromer and Ruth Eis on April 20, 2006 at the home of Ruth Eis in Oakland, CA.

Building the New Magnes Play

Video log of the construction of the new facility of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (UC Berkeley), opening in downtown Berkeley, California, in 2012.
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