Born to Russian exiles in Paris in 1911, he was friends with artists Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti and writer Louis Aragon. He was captured by the Nazis, escaped and joined the French Resistance, but he was imprisoned by France's Vichy leadership under Nazi occupation and sent to Buchenwald in 1944. He was decorated as a war hero and received France's Legion of Honor.
A native of Indianapolis and graduate of Vassar College, Mrs. [Hodges] moved to Pittsburgh in 1937. Trained as a children's librarian at the then-Carnegie Institute of Technology, Mrs. Hodges began as a volunteer storyteller at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in the early 1950s. She wrote and performed children's stories for local radio and television broadcasts, including the "Tell Me a Story" segment for Fred Rogers at WQED-TV in the 1960s.
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