The fact that the Modern Movement was largely fueled by Jews during the interwar period was recognized in my Ph.D. dissertation on hotel design and Zionist tourism in pre-state Palestine. The patrons of modernist architecture in its early stage was dominated by Jews living in Austria and Germany. I would like to mention two here, Walther Rathenau the visionary owner of the AEG who commissioned Peter Behrens to design the revolutionary and progressive image of the company; and Fritz and Greta Tugendhat who commissioned Mies to build his first modernist villa in Brno after visiting his German pavilion in Barcelona in 1929. Now, Donald Albrecht, one of the world’s leading design curators has created a show at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco called “Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism,” exploring the role of Jewish architects, designers, and patrons in the formation of American modernism in the years post WWII. Featuring a dazzling array of vintage furnishings, textiles, wallpapers, ceramics, posters, dinnerware, photographs, this exhibition features the work of over thirty-five creative professionals who helped spark America’s embrace of midcentury modernism, a bold new direction in design and thought. Included are Anni Albers, George Nelson (who created the Marshmallow Sofa for Herman Miller above), and Richard Neutra, Alvin Lustig, Henry Dreyfuss, and more.