"Knowing of Dina's artistic ability, Freddy asked her to paint a mural on the wall of the barracks to cheer up the children. She agreed, although she expected she would be executed if the Germans caught her. This was some time if February 1944. Using paints that were smuggled from various sources, Dina set to work painting a scene of Snow White looking out over the Swiss countryside
. Dina knew that some of the children had seen the movie and would recognize the character. She had seen the movie 'seven times in a row' back in Czechoslovakia."
The amazing, sad, triumphant story of Dina Babbitt (née Gottliebová)—artist, animator, concentration camp survivor. [more inside]
Those Americans who are familiar with the name Claude Lanzmann most likely know him as the director of “Shoah,” his monumental 1985 documentary about the extermination of the European Jews in the Nazi gas chambers. As it turns out, though, the story of Lanzmann’s eventful life would have been well worth telling even if he had never come to direct “Shoah.” In addition to film director, Lanzmann’s roles have included those of journalist, editor, public intellectual, member of the French Resistance, long-term lover of Simone de Beauvoir and close friend of Jean-Paul Sartre, world traveler, political activist, ghostwriter for Jacques Cousteau — I could go on, but it’s a good deal more entertaining to hear Lanzmann himself go on, and thanks to the publication in English of his memoir, “The Patagonian Hare,” we now have the opportunity to do so. (previously)
The familiar '70s query, "Is it art or porn?," took on a whole new dimension with The Night Porter (NSFW), a stylish and astoundingly seamy fusion of erotica and stark concentration camp trauma. While many subsequent films, mostly Italian, took the Nazi sexploitation route to unbelievably tastless levels, Liliana Cavani's treatment remains more problematic. More concerned with mood and characterization than cheap thrills, the film is nevertheless extremely kinky and shocking enough to prove that its R rating is the product of a ratings system far different than the one we have now. [more inside]
Alain Resnais' Night and Fog (1, 2, 3) [more inside]
author, resistance fighter, Holocaust survivor, has died
Rediscovered in Berlin:
Eleven modernist sculptures branded as "degenerate art"
by the Nazis and thought to have been destroyed during WWII. The sculptures include works by Otto Freundlich
, who was murdered at Majdanek; Naum Slutzky
, a craftsman of both the Wiener Werkstätte and the Bauhaus; and Margarete Moll
, who studied with Matisse.
A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust
- an overview of the people and events of the Holocaust through photographs, documents, art, music, and literature. It is designed to prepare K-12 teachers to approach this sensitive topic. The content is presented from three perspectives: Timeline, People, and The Arts. Produced by the University of South Florida.
The Ghetto Diary of Eli Lesky
, The Fifth Horseman
, the Buchewald Series
, artwork by Joseph Bau
; Paintings of the Hmong Migration
; Visualizing Otherness - Nazi
racist propaganda - all this and much
, much more
from the University of Minnesota's The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Gas chamber art shut down. Santiago Sierra
whose controversial work
(some NSFW, auf Deutsch) had taken a turn toward the holocaust
, has suspended his latest work in response to criticism
Film director Andrzej Munk
’s tragic death at age thirty-nine might have formed the plot for one of his own darkly sardonic works
: a Polish Jew and an active resistance worker during the war, he was returning home from shooting his film Passenger
at the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1961 when an oncoming truck struck his car. He left behind
only four feature films
, but his influence was prodigious. As one of the key figures of the postwar “Polish School” of filmmaking, along with Wajda and Kawalerowicz, he helped to shape a vision that broke with the official social realist optimism of Eastern-bloc dogma
and cast a skeptical eye on official notions of heroism
, nationalism, and life in the Stalinist-occupied state. Mentor to Roman Polanski
and Jerzy Skolimowski
, his influence can be felt even in the films of a later generation of Polish filmmakers
— directors like Zanussi and Kieslowski
. More inside.
you'll then have a grave in the clouds where you won't lie too cramped "No, no, I never met Paul Celan. This poem is too CLASSIC, too cold, and too difficult to follow. It does nothing to me".
Singing, Painting and the Holocaust: Interview with Leon Greenman
, Auschwitz Survivor 98288
"For ordinary books
are like meteors
of them has only one moment
, a moment
when it soars
screaming like the phoenix
, all its pages aflame
. For that single moment we love
them ever after, although they soon turn to ashes
. With bitter resignation
we sometimes wander late at night through the extinct pages
that tell their stone dead messages
like wooden rosary beads."
Looking Through a Child's Eyes.
The historical children's art collection at the very well maintained Papa Ink : the International Gallery of Children's Art
features child drawings from many relevant events. Some of particular interest are Witness to Genocide: Children of Rwanda
, holocaust drawings from the Jewish Ghetto in Terezin
, treatment of women under the Taliban in Afganistan
, and remnants from medieval Russia from a boy named Onfim.
Who owns the products of slave labour?
Or, more broadly, how do we remember the Holocaust? A unique dispute over ownership rights to artwork in the case of the Auschwitz Memorial Museum vs. former camp prisoner Dinah Gottliebova Babbitt illuminates underlying moral questions about the Holocaust and post-Holocaust culture. Babbitt, now living in southern California, is a university-trained Czechoslovak artist who has been fighting to reclaim her art from the Auschwitz Museum since 1973... [She] was a Jewish prisoner there in 1944 when Josef Mengele learned of her artistic skills and forced her to make watercolor portraits of dying Gypsies in order to get the kind of documentation he wanted on exact skin color and ear shapes. Gottliebova Babbitt made a dozen such portraits, seven of which are now tucked away in Room No. 11 of the Auschwitz Museum. [...] "Mengele ordered me to do it as slave labor. But it was my work, my paintings."
From March 17 through June 30, 2002, The Jewish Museum in New York
will present "Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art". This exhibition features art of several young artists including this Lego concentration camp
The Last Expression project
is a forum to explore the roles, functions, meanings and making of art in the Nazi concentration camps of World War II, focusing on the notorious site of Auschwitz-Birkenau. ... It is neither widely recognized in the realm of Holocaust history, nor in the discipline of art history, that concentration camp prisoners -- victims of the Nazis -- produced works of art during their incarceration. [from the Introduction.]