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    • Rheisenman
    • 13.05.10 | 00:20 (IDT)

    My brother, Wolf Price-winning Holocaust Memorial Architect Peter Eisenman, seems to have a few minor memory or geography lapses. No one in our family ever came from "Eastern Germany" unless he means by this "Bohemia" in Czechoslovakia. His father was not an "radical Socialist" unless he means by this, a member of the "Co-op Food Chain" Organization. In fact, our father was an ardent Zionist his whole life, the descendant of an old Jerusalem family which came to Jersualem at the time of the Turks.. His Great Grandfather Avraham Herschel Eisenman, who is buried on the Mt. of Olives, was the Gizbar of the Bikkur Cholim Hospital and lived there until his death in the 1920's. In fact too, he is a quasi-cousin of Ruby Rivlin, former JNF Chairman Moshe Rivlin's mother being an Eisenman. Peter's mother's family, the Lowys, came from Alsace Lorraine (of which they were very proud, i. e. France, not Germany) and his father from Eastern Poland/Russia -- Bialystok (not 'Eastern Germany'!) and were of Lithuanian descent (his mother like many from the Vilna Gaon). Robert Eisenman, Emeritus Professor of Middle East Religions, Archaeology, and Islamic Law, California State University Long Beach

    from the article: Longing for the impossible
    First published 04:58 12.05.10 | Last updated 04:58 12.05.10
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