Art of the Camps & Ghettos

art of the camps and ghettosArt of the Holocaust is distinguished by the fact that the artists themselves were witnesses to the events and documented them from first-hand experience. The Holocaust artists experienced the daily barbarity and horror themselves and, while it was going on, they recorded it for posterity, in fulfilment of a basic need–to express themselves and to find refuge in their art, even if only for a moment

Barbara Rose, the art historian writes: “To create a universal message that communicates a subjective emotional experience is the task of the true artist. The task becomes particularly difficult if the artist, has to confront the darkest moment in human history, depicting an inferno that is not imagined but real”

 

“The challenge to every artist using the tragedies of history and memory in their work is to locate his place vis-à-vis the facts; for in addition to our desire to create lasting, autonomous works of art that instruct and inspire, we have a responsibility to the dead, to all those victims of genocide. Our activity, our work, is a kind of incantation, a Kaddish or a prayer of remembrance. “ – Edward Hillel

“Against an evil world I will work further to try to put my feelings down on canvas or paper against anti-Semitism, against race hatred of all people.”
– David Friedman, 1964

Art and the Holocaust
Yivo Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe

Art of the Holocaust as Spiritual Resistance
Pnina Rosenberg
Art and Auschwitz
Northwestern University

Artistic Reponses
Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
University of Minnesota

Teacher Resources for Art
A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust

Inmate Art from Auschwitz and Birkenau
A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust

Art of the Holocaust
Yad Vashem

The Museum Complex
Art Museum
Yad Vahsem
Yad Vashem’s collection of Holocaust art is the largest and most wide-ranging collection in the world. It comprises some 10,000 works

Art of the Ghettos and Camps
A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust
Links to the works of inmate artists and articles

Gallery: Inmate Art from Auschwitz and Birkenau
A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust

Gallery: Artworks by Ghetto Artists
A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust

Exhibit:
The Last Expression
Art and Auschwitz
Northwestern University
Articles, interviews and art gallery about the art of the Jewish inmates

Art and Auschwitz
An Essay by Sybil Milton
Northwestern University

The Artists at Auschwitz
Sybil Milton
Northwestern University

Museum at Auschwitz
Sybil Milton
Northwestern University

Learning About the Holocaust Through Art
Information about artists, art works and teaching resources

Gallery of art work listed by artist
Learning About the Holocaust Through Art

Gallery of art work listed by location
Learning About the Holocaust Through Art

Art on the Shoah
A gallery of art produced by inmates during the war

 

 

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