This Week in History
Jeanette Ingberman was a New Yorker through and through. Born in Brooklyn to Polish Holocaust survivors, she went to high school at the Yeshivah of Flatbush, went on to Brooklyn College, and earned her master’s degree in art history from Columbia University. She began work as a curator at the International Center of Photography, then went on to become chief curator at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.
Hedwig Baum’s father was adamant: reading was a “secret vice,” and the young girl was forbidden to read for pleasure.
She would go on to write over 50 novels, including the novel that was adapted for the stage and screen as Grand Hotel. That star-studded movie featuring Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford would win the Oscar for Best Film in 1933, earning over a million dollars.
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This Week: January 23 - January 29
"You never walked away from a conversation with art curator Jeanette Ingberman without having learned something.”
“There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.” - Grand Hotel novelist Vicki Baum
Rosa Sonneschein founded the Pioneers, a Jewish women's literary club in St. Louis, Missouri.
Sadie Loewith exemplified the adage that “all politics is local.”
Publication of "Up the Down Staircase," a best-selling novel written by Bel Kaufman, a granddaughter of Sholem Aleichem. It was later made into a popular film.
Sara Hurwitz, originally given the title of Maharat, a term created on her behalf, took on the title “Rabbah,” the feminine form of rabbi.
The Challenger space shuttle exploded 73 seconds after lift-off, killing the first Jewish astronaut in space, Judith Resnik, along with her six fellow crew members.
Suffragist and anti-slavery activist Ernestine Rose addressed the annual Thomas Paine dinner, declaring, "superstition keeps women ignorant, dependent, and enslaved beings. Knowledge will make them free."
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Jewish Women's Archive. "This Week in History: January 23 – January 29." (Viewed on January 23, 2017) <https://jwa.org/thisweek>.