We are sad to report the passing of my friend Eva Deutsch Costabel at the age of 97. Eva was a Holocaust survivor from Zagreb, Yugoslavia (today: Croatia). Following the war, she came to the US were she became a package designer, author, artist and
activist for Israel and her people. The bright colors of her paintings are so inspiring and painting helped her heal and express herself. When she spoke at one of our Yom HaShoah memorials a friendship started. We are thankful to have been able to be at
her side with other close friends during these last difficult weeks. It was an opportunity to live what she always said - there are other Germans now. She will be greatly missed. (Claudia Kiesinger, March of Remembrance National Coordinator, New York,
May her memory be a blessing.
She fled Zagreb in 1941, was held prisoner in Italian concentration camps, became a nurse for the Yugoslav resistance in 1943, and made it to NYC in
1949, where she stayed for the rest of her life - I think.
About "The Jews of New Amsterdam," from School Library Journal:
"The author/illustrator of A New England Village (1983) and The
Pennsylvania Dutch (1986) turns her attention to the entrance of a small
Jewish population into the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam in 1654.
Costabel discusses their flight from the Inquisition in Brazil;
their introduction into the daily life of the colony; the conditions
under which they lived; the trades that they were allowed to practice;
and their adherence to to their religious traditions despite the fact
that Stuyvesant did not allow them to build a synagogue. She concludes
with the British takeover in 1664, adding that not until 1727 were the
full benefits of citizenship allowed to Jewish members of the now-
WRITINGS BY THE AUTHOR:
(Under name Constabel-Deutsch) Full-Color Floral Needle-point
Designs: Charted for Easy Use, Dover, 1976.
(Under name Costabel-Deutsch) Design and Make Your Own Floral
Applique, Dover, 1976.
A New England Village (historical), Atheneum, 1983.
The Pennsylvania Dutch: Craftsmen and Farmers, Atheneum, 1986.
The Jews of New Amsterdam, Atheneum, 1988.
The Early People of Florida, Maxwell Macmillan International, 1993.