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Hurricane Ida levels Jewish family home where Louis Armstrong found inspiration

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01.09.2021

JTA — Hurricane Ida flattened the New Orleans home where a youthful Louis Armstrong spent time with a Jewish immigrant family who mentored him.

CNN reported Monday that the Category-4 storm destroyed the brick structure on South Rampart Street where the Karnofsky family lived and ran a tailor shop at the turn of the 20th century.

Starting at about age 5, Armstrong was friends with the five Karnofsky sons and the family would have him over for meals, leading to Armstrong’s lifelong love of matzah. His first job was blowing the tin whistle on the family’s coal and junk wagon, alerting potential customers. A musicologist has said that the whistle was Armstrong’s first instrument.

Armstrong regarded the residence as a “second home,” according to the National Park Service, which listed the building on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Karnofsky patriarch bought Armstrong’s first trumpet, with the repayment........

© The Times of Israel


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