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Book Talk and Exhibition Discussion

The Hare with Amber Eyes—Edmund de Waal and E. Randol Schoenberg in Conversation


Small, carved white hare figurine on a white background.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
2 – 3 pm
Zoom, Virtual Program

In The Hare with Amber Eyes, celebrated artist Edmund de Waal investigates his illustrious family history, their journey from Odessa to Vienna and Paris in the 19th century, and how they lost everything during the Holocaust except a collection of rare Japanese netsuke, which were rescued by a family maid. This collection is now the subject of an exhibition at the Jewish Museum, New York.

In this talk, de Waal will be joined by well-known attorney, philanthropist, and genealogist E. Randol Schoenberg for a discussion about the book and family history, the exhibition, and how family heirlooms can function as storytelling devices to perpetuate the legacy and memory of a family throughout generations.

This presentation is co-sponsored by: The Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, The Jewish Museum, and the Leo Baeck Institute

About the Speakers

Edmund de Waal is an internationally acclaimed artist and renowned for his bestselling family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes (2010). He has been awarded the Costa Book Award for Biography, the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, and the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize for Non-Fiction.

E. Randol Schoenberg, attorney, philanthropist, and Jewish genealogist, is best known for his role in the restitution of the “Woman in Gold” portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer to Maria Altmann. He is a grandson of the composer Arnold Schoenberg.


Registration is free with a suggested donation. Please sign up at: www.JewishGen.org/live. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about how to join the webinar.

Masatoshi (sign.), Recumbent hare with raised forepaw, c. 1880, Ivory, buffalo horn, de Waal Family Collection