Hidden Megillat Esther revived on Purim after 70 years
When Bracha Avigad-Gutmann refused to leave her hand-made Megillat Esther at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in 1941, she was denied her diploma; seven decades later, her enterprising friends finally got the certificate put into her hands.
In 1941, Bracha Avigad-Gutmann was a student of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and was preparing her graduation project. Avigad-Gutmann, today 94 years old and living in Kiryat Tivon, wanted to create a combination of graphic arts and writing and hit upon a handmade Megillat Esther [Scroll of Esther] as the ideal endeavor. She would create it in traditional tribal style, and illustrate it.