Monday, June 21st | 12 Tammuz 5781

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2018


Joseph Koerner

Professor, Harvard University

A professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University, Koerner is currently working on the film The Burning Child, which traces the rise of creativity and the forces countering it in early 20th-century Vienna. Koerner's documentary highlights the antisemitism that plagued Viennese intellectual circles, casting Jews and non-Jews in "deadly opposition." Partly inspired by the experience of his father – a Jew who fled Vienna following Austria's incorporation by Nazi Germany in 1938 – Koerner notes that the individuals in his film all believed they would be safe inside their own homes. "All the people I document, including my grandparents, thought the same thing,” Koerner said in a January 2018 interview. (Wikimedia Commons.)


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