The Legacy Of Daniel Libeskind

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Daniel Libeskind was born in Lodz, Poland on May 12, 1946, to Polish-Jewish parents the year after World War II ended. His parents were Holocaust survivors, but living in postwar Eastern Europe they found that the formal end of the Holocaust did not bring an end to Anti-Semitism violence. As Libeskind told Stanley Meisler of the Smithsonian, “Anti-Semitism is the only memory I still have of Poland. In school. On the streets. It wasn 't what most people think happened after the war was over. It was horrible.” As a child, his parents wanted him to learn an instrument but felt that bringing a piano into the house would draw too much attention. Thus, they bought him an accordion, an instrument that could easily be concealed. With this learned skill, Libeskind reached a small amount of fame at a young age. Libeskind and his family led a nomadic life: at eleven, he moved with his family to Israel. Here, he switched to the piano and eventually won an American-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship, which enabled the family to move to the United States. Consequently, at thirteen years old, they moved to New York. As Libeskind recalls: “I arrived by ship to New York as a teenager, an immigrant, and like millions of others before me, my first sight was the Statue of Liberty and the amazing skyline of Manhattan. I have never forgotten that sight or what it stands for.” Although Libeskind continued to study music and the performing arts, as he grew older he found it to be less and…

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