To the Editor:
I want to thank Samuel Lipman for his extensive remarks about my father, Samuel Chotzinoff [“Out of the Ghetto,” March]. I found them perceptive and gratifying, and the conclusions he drew fascinating.
Readers might be interested to know that there is a third volume of my father’s autobiography, in manuscript form, at the Mugar Library of Boston University, with the rest of his papers. I hope to be able to prepare it for publication in the not-too-distant future.
They might also be interested to learn that Arturo Toscanini sincerely believed he had Jewish blood. His reasoning was based on his sympathy with the Jews and on the fact that the leading Jewish family in Italy, from which he thought he was descended, was named Toscana.
All three men discussed by Mr. Lipman—my father, Jan Peerce, and Aaron Copland—were honored by being grouped together.
Anne Chotzinoff Grossman
West Gilgo Beach, New York