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The Story of a Jewish Boy


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Leopold Berman was born in Merano, Italy in 1931. He arrived in America in 1947 and shortly thereafter entered the Civil Engineering program at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.In 1951 he went to Israel where he worked as a surveyor in the Negev. He returned to the U.S. when he was drafted into the army in 1952. In 1956 he married and went back to Israel with his wife, Simi, to live on a kibbutz. In 1957 they returned to the States where he entered the 6-year program at the Columbia School of Architecture from which he graduated in 1963.In 1969 they moved to New York City where Leo started his own architectural firm, Berman, Roberts, Scofidio and Stromsten. Their projects included Educational Park in East New York, which involved working closely with the community to establish a hub school aimed at improving the educational facilities in that neighborhood, as well as the design and rehabilitation of Fort Greene Park in conjunction with A.E. Bye Jr., among others.In 1981 the family moved to a farm in New Hampshire. There Leo opened his architectural office in Brattleboro, VT across the river, where he became engaged in many projects involving the preservation of old buildings. His work won the Vermont Award for Historic Preservation in 1992. In addition, his practice consisted of community oriented projects involving better housing for the indigent, mental health facilities, as well as houses and buildings for private individuals. Leo died in 2003. Giuliana Carugati studied languages and literatures at the Universita Cattolica, Milan, where she graduated Summa cum Laude, with a dissertation on American poetry. Her translations include a book (on economics!) from English to Italian, and a brochure for the Jewish Museum from Renaissance-era Italian to English for an exhibit on documents relating to Italian Jewry. Carugati has a PhD in Italian Literature, and has written two books about Dante Alighieri: Dalla menzogna al silenzio and Il ragionare della carne. She has taught at Emory University and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Presently, she is writing a text mostly on Meister Eckhart.

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