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The Holocaust is a subject that on the surface seems to defy artistic representation. The dehumanization, humiliation and mass murder of European Jewry by the Nazis was an event of unparalleled proportions. Other groups such as Romani and Sinti peoples (Gypsies), Jehovah's Witnesses, homosexuals, political prisoners and opponents to the Nazi regime became part of the world of the concentration and death camps.

Art had a lot to do with the Nazi regime and has a logical relationship with the Holocaust, despite the aesthetic and ethical problems that are raised for artists in the aftermath of such horror. Hitler himself aspired to become an artist but failed admission to art school. Mein Kampf, Hitler's l923 plan for himself and the world, denounced modernism, abstract and Dadaist art as an affront to civilization.

A MORNING WALK TO THE GAS CHAMBER

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PRAYER: A Morning Prayer

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Susan Erony
Artist

Although I grew up in a Jewish family, with a Russian father who lost four siblings in pogroms, was arrested twice and barely made it out of the country, the history of the Jews was not discussed in my home. I learned about the Holocaust while working in the civil rights movement. Almost thirty years later, I still wake up not knowing how I can be alive, comfortable and unafraid, when sixtyeight years ago being Jewish was a death sentence for so many of my tribe.









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