Lives Built on Scrap: A Family Biography

The Pinckovitch, Graff and Patinkin families had intermarried for generations in their adjoining shtetls in Poland. Marvin Pinkert tells the story of how their lives became further entangled through the scrap business in America across three generations.

It’s a story of invention and success, but also of conflict and betrayal. Marvin explores why so many members of his generation decided to forego the family business, in favor of careers in medicine and scientific research, theater and film and even the odd museum director!

This program was recorded live at the Jewish Museum of Maryland on Sunday, January 12, 2020 and was presented in relation to the “Scrap Yard: Innovators of Recycling” exhibit.