||A great contemporary is celebrating his 80th birthday: W. Michael Blumenthal, the present Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin.
In this book, friends and companions provide vivid descriptions of their encounters with Blumenthal, painting the multi-facetted image of a true cosmopolite. Contributions from family and early friends portray his Berlin childhood in a Jewish family during the 1930s – a family that was driven out of Germany in 1939 – as well as a lively reflection of the formative experiences gained during the exile years in
Shanghai. After arriving in San Francisco in 1947, Blumenthal made use of every opportunity offered by his adopted home country. He taught economics at Princeton, became a businessman and a politican, and finally – in 1977 – Secretary
of the Treasury under President Carter. Since 1997, he has been a part-time Berliner. His
charm and determination have helped him to make the Jewish Museum Berlin into the largest Jewish museum in Europe and an institution offering decisive stimuli to the cultural life of
the German capital. Numerous pictures and photographs illustrate the various stages of his life.