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Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, a multitalented artist and designer and a gifted teacher, was deported to Theresiendstadt Ghetto and Concentration Camp in 1942; there she employed her Bauhaus methods in her teaching of hundreds of the camp’s young students to observe, draw, feel, and find light in one of the century’s darkest places. As a school dedicated to training a generation of young people from around the world to unite art and craft and to design their uses for a new, utopian society, the Bauhaus (1919-1933) was the twentieth century’s most influential art institution. With the Bauhaus’s closure under the Nazis, its members went on to start Black Mountain College and Chicago’s New Bauhaus, and to teach at Yale and Harvard. Less well known is that many Bauhaus members stayed in Europe, and some were victims of the Nazi persecution and genocide. Elizabeth Otto, art historian and Executive Director of the University at Buffalo Humanities Institute, gives a fresh look at a little-known side of the Bauhaus.