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Largest Jewish Museum in World to Be Opened in New York; Mrs. Warburg Donates Home

December 27, 1945
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Conversion of the home of Mrs. Felix Warburg into the largest Jewish museum in the world will be started immediately, and the institution will be opened to the public by Oct. 1, 1946, according to an announcement made here today by Dr. Louis Finkelstein, president of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. The six-story building was donated to the Seminary by Mrs. Warburg in memory of her husband, Felix, her father Jacob H. Schiff, and her brother Mortimer M. Schiff.

The new building, which triples the present capacity of the Seminary’s Jewish Museum, will house permanent and temporary collections of Jewish art, music, literature as well as objects depicting the ritual, life, and history of the Jews. The museum “ought to become a center for creative artists, who wish to express the traditions and aspirations of the Jewish people in the varied media of music, painting, sculpture and letters,” Dr. Finkelstein said.

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