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- Date: Mon, 2 Mar 1998 23:32:05 EST
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For those of you who might be interested, there is this item from today's
Date: Monday, March 2, 1998
Source: By Darryl Campagna, Tribune Staff Writer.
Section: METRO CHICAGO
Copyright Chicago Tribune
ELIZABETH KNER, 100, BOOKBINDER
As a young woman in Hungary, Elizabeth Kner inherited her family's long
tradition in the art of bookbinding. She brought that tradition to the United
States and devoted her life to her work.
Miss Kner died in her sleep Thursday in the Admiral Retirement Home in
Chicago. She was 100, and had remained alert and in excellent health until her
death, said her niece Anne Frenkel.
Miss Kner was born in Gyoma, Hungary, to a Jewish family who had produced
generations of highly skilled printers and bookbinders.
World War I interrupted Miss Kner's plans to attend college, and she
studied bookbinding in Germany.
After completing her training, she started a bindery in Budapest
specializing in fine leather bindings.
Albert Kner came from Hungary to the United States in 1940. Miss Kner
remained in Budapest and was living there when the Nazi regime took over
Hungary in World War II. Friends devised a hiding place for her in her studio,
and she remained there for the duration of the war, her niece said.
Many members of Miss Kner's family perished under the Nazis, and Miss
Kner's own experience of hiding was "very harrowing," her niece said. Yet Miss
Kner came to terms with that period of her life.
"She had a very serene and lovely disposition," Frenkel said.
Miss Kner came to the United States in 1949, joining her brother and his
family in Chicago.
She continued her career restoring bindings in the rare book collection at
the Newberry Library. In 1953, she opened her own bindery and ran it until her
retirement at 85.
In 1987, at age 90, Miss Kner traveled to Hungary to receive the Star of
the Hungarian People's Republic, Hungary's highest civilian decoration. The
award presentation coincided with an exhibition of her bindings at the
National Library in Budapest.
Last year, representatives of the Hungarian Ministry of Culture presented
Miss Kner with an award recognizing her contributions to her native country's
Other survivors include a nephew, Andrew Kner; two great-nieces; and two
Services were private.
PHOTO: Elizabeth Kner.