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BLOCH--Peter, 86, died July 31, 2008 in New York City. Beloved friend, noted journalist and historian and fluent in four languages. Born in Frankfort, Germany he left in 1939 as a teenager and joined the underground in Belgium. He later was interned in Switzerland. He came to the U.S. in 1949 and became a citizen in 1955. He was the founder and President of the Association of Puerto Rican-Hispanic Culture. He was the U.S. Representative of the French Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was appointed a Knight of the Order of Isabella Catolica in 1969 by the Head of the Spanish State. Published in the New York Times on 8/3/2008
It was a great Honor to have met such a great man in the Arts. I knew him long before we met through his book Painting and Sculpture of the Puerto Ricans (1978). He was a wonderful and uplifting soul whom one always felt at ease with. I would like to thank Peter Bloch for his dedication to the Societe Academique Fondee En 1915 Paris France Arts-Sciences-Lettres. I thank God for allowing me to have met him if only for too brief a time. I know he had expressed high hopes for me in the Arts and I will continue to work hard to achieve those goals. Peter Bloch inspired me to look for greatness within myself and to more fully appreciate the arts. He will live on in my art and in my heart.
It has been over a year since Peter Bloch passed away and still his presence is as close as ever. He helped so many people in the arts that his legend will live on forever. His friend Arturo Alvarez continues the legacy by helping artists, poets and writers through Poesia Magazine whom Peter Bloch was Cultural Consultant of for many years. Whenever I get together with our friends Peter is always fondly remembered and very much missed. This year I was voted in to a three year term as board member of the Dutchess Arts Council and I hope to be able to give back to the arts as my friend Peter Bloch did. When we are blessed with good fortune we have a responsibility to share and help others succeed as well. Peter Bloch your legend will live on in all the people that you helped.
Journalists and Cuban-American Artist Jose Acosta