Thursday, Oct. 7, 1943
We know a lot today about the heroism of the Monuments Men and Women who risked their lives to safeguard Europe’s art treasures. Their role was crucial as the Nazis retreated from Italy looting and destroying. To everyone’s relief, Naples had largely escaped thanks to the foresight of Professor Amadeo Maiuri, curator of the National Museum of Naples who, two years earlier, had packed up and secreted every item he could. On the Home Front, Lois reported, “I have tried to phone you two nights running but it has been impossible to get a call through New York so I suppose they get jammed up somewhere along the line. I was very disappointed but it is a small sacrifice to make in these times.” Preparing for Yom Kippur, she thanked Abe’s mother for the package of strudel, cookies, honey cake, a kosher salami, and some cans of fish. However, she added, her attempts to make a kugle but it came out cold and heavy.