"Na ja, du bist Amerikaner"

W. Michael Blumenthal war Carters Finanzminister. Mit Museen hatte er jedenfalls herzlich wenig zu tun gehabt, als er 1997 Direktor des Jüdischen Museums in Berlin wurde. Heute begeht Michael Blumenthal seinen 80. Geburtstag, und Hannes Stein hat sich mit ihm zum Gespräch getroffen.

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