Monday, August 24, 2009

One Foot in America: The Jewish Emigrants of the Red Star Line and Eugeen Van Mieghem


Posted by Linda Cantor
I have been asked to pass this invitation on to you.  I heard Erwin Joos speak at the annual genealogical conference in Philadelphia earlier this month and it was fascinating.  So if you can, come hear him speak at YIVO.  Please be sure to RSVP by August 31, 2009  to YIVO at 917 606-8293 or via email by clicking here.


One Foot in America:
The Jewish Emigrants of the Red Star Line and Eugeen Van Mieghem

Many Eastern European Jews who immigrated to the United States around the turn of the 20th century began their journey in Antwerp, Belgium, on the steamships of the Red Star Line. They made a deep impression on the Flemish artist and Antwerp native Eugeen Van Mieghem (1875-1930), whose timeless, evocative drawings and paintings of the emigrants are beautifully reproduced in One Foot in America. This new book, and the Red Star Line Museum scheduled to open in Antwerp in 2012, will do much to illuminate the experience of those who made the brave decision to leave their old lives behind for the New World.


The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, in association with the City of Antwerp, The Eugeen Van Mieghem Foundation and the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, cordially invites you to: 

One Foot in America:
The Jewish Emigrants of the Red Star Line and Eugeen Van Mieghem
Book Launch and Signing - Thursday, September 10, 7:00 PM

Scheduled Speakers:
  • Philip Heylen, Vice Mayor of Antwerp and promoter of the Red Star Line Museum
  • Erwin Joos, co-author of One Foot in America and Director of the Van Mieghem Museum and Foundation
Exhibit on the Jewish Emigrants of the Red Star Line in YIVO’s Constantiner Gallery, with brief tours conducted by Mandy Nauwelaerts, curator of the Red Star Line Museum. 

Book signing by One Foot in America co-author Erwin Joos.

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