Carl Djerassi - “How come is a ‘Jew’ not a Jew”
Carl Djerassi’s autobiography Der Schattensammler offers a deep insight into his eventful life. As one of the greatest chemists and most important art collectors and patrons of his time, Djerassi has had a sustained and fundamental influence on our society. By developing the Pill he changed the lifestyle of entire generations, and his synthesis of cortisone provided a vital basis for further research.
Carl Djerassi reviews his life unsparingly, with a fascinating and highly personal account of the main events in his professional career, his passion for art and literature, and the decisive experiences in his life.
At the Jewish Museum Vienna he will be focusing on the longest chapter in the book, which deals with being a Jew and the importance of the exclamation marks.