Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Magda Watts Dolls

Tailor and the Rabbi, Magda Watts dolls, Jewish Community Center, Pittsburgh

Born in 1929 in Hungary, Magda Watts  later survived Auschwitz, and indeed, her time in the concentration camp led to her doll-making.   The dolls in the collection at the Jewish Community Center in Pittsburgh depict the lives of working class Jews; Tailor, cobbler, butcher, rabbi, jeweler.  The dolls are very detailed as are the trappings of their various occupations.  Mind boggling the time and attention to detail these dolls would've commanded.

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