Middle School Art

MA1

MA1

In this picture the girl is falling into a bottomless pit of her horrible memories from the Holocaust. The butterflies in the picture represent the innocence of the girl and how maybe, just maybe she’ll be able to stop thinking about the horrible memories and live a normal life.

MA2

MA2

The Doll’s Journey
Journey through a young Jewish girl’s life from her doll’s perspective. Worn with age; eyeless, yet seeing. The only color is the girl, representing her soul. Each pane represents the journey; Childhood gift, Packing the suitcase, Concentration camp, Allied liberation, Adulthood, and finally, Lovingly held by her as a grandma.

 


High School Art

HA1

HA1

The young Holocaust survivor sits in the darkness, which is representative of the intolerance that she experienced and likely continues to experience to this day. This shows a situation that she has had to endure, and her strength and bravery that got her through the traumatic experience. Although she is only a child, she has had to live through the horrors of a concentration camp and must now continue her life when that memory can never be forgotten. The doll represents an anchor for her, an item to help her keep her strength when all seems hopeless.

 HA2

HA2

Growing up learning about the Holocaust: mourning the victims, being hated on, learning from the survivors, and constantly being told that the Jewish people will always experience from others anti-Semitism. From a young age, I grieved for my ancestors, their experiences and their pure innocence when they were killed. My great grandfather was one of the only survivors from my family. Bernard Landau, my great grandfather, was sponsored by Morris Landau, my grandfather, to come to the United States. Even though he survived, his experience at the concentration camps still haunted him. I was too young to meet my great grandfather and was around four years old when my grandfather died. His legacy and life is still remembered and passed down today because we will never forget. Tolerance is something I won’t be able to experience for a long time. I am currently sixteen years old and have been told I deserve to burn, I shouldn’t exist, and that I could fix my oppression because “it’s easy to hide your religion.” I wanted to depict the moment where the innocent families reunited together, leaving the world of hate and intolerance; entering a new world where tolerance succeeds.

HA3

HA3

An aged suitcase that hold my precious belongings: it hold my baby blanket, my grandmother’s Star of David necklace, my favorite doll, some clothes, some shoes, and my Siddur. I don’t know where I’m going, but I know I have what I need for when I get there.

HA4 

 

HA4

This is an abstract display of a Holocaust survivor’s reminiscent thoughts. The stag represents a free spirit; unhindered and unbroken from its oppressor’s chains. It is guided by the dove in the night sky carrying an olive branch. It represents peace, something that has been absent in the survivor’s life for decades. The stag and the survivor are resilient and can endure and overcome aggression.

HA5

HA5

The stripes on the background of the piece allude to the uniforms Jewish people were forced to wear in concentration camps. The bursting canvas and watercolors show that, even though the trauma these people endured was because of their religious beliefs, their bravery shines through it all.

HA6

HA6

This artwork is named “Taoma.” It shows a pair of twins who were part of the horrific Mengele experiment. One is barely alive; the other has passed due to disease caused by the shots given. Eva Mozes Korz’s (a twin who survived) account of when she crawled across the hospital barrack floor, covered in red spots, to reach for water inspired this artwork. Millions of twins were used for experiments, an utterly immoral act. This is the plight I showcased in the artwork. 

HA7

HA7

Here is a drawing of Anne Frank’s house and her diary. Her diary gave her the motivation to continue fighting the intolerance against her religion. The diary helped Anne Frank cope with the stress and pressure of staying hidden in order to stay alive, because of the target on her back. the house that she hid in represents protection and safety from the crazed minds of the Nazis that were after her and her family. Anne Frank’s diary helped give her hope and the strength she needed to stay alive, and because of this we are able to learn her legacy.

HA8

HA8

Blatant bigotry follows us even into modern day; with lives lost to that hateful and gaslighting white supremacy, those keeping power by oppressing others they see beneath them. Affected people range from the Black Lives Matter victims and survivors, to the lives of the Indigenous Peoples of America that still live on to this day. These groups of people have been bashed and beaten by blatant bigotry, where we thought human suffering could not go, but has. this was made in memory and in strength of those who lost their lives to these awful actions.

HA9

HA9

The Heroics of Corrie Ten Boom
The story of Corrie Ten Boom is a story of fighting back against Nazi cruelty. Corrie was living in Holland, during World War II. In response to the Nazi cruelty, she hid Jewish families in her house. In Corrie’s bedroom, she had a hidden room built in behind a false wall. Even when Corrie and her family were brought in for questioning, they never revealed where the Jews were. The art shows the entrance to the secret room where the Jewish families went through and hid inside. Corrie’s story is one of bravery and heroics. Her story should definitely inspire others in the future.

HA10

HA10

This artwork displays the feelings of loss and trauma the survivors felt. It shows how their own reflection might remind them of those horrid times. The butterflies are a symbol for the 1.5 million children who were killed during the Holocaust; a symbol of light.

HA11

HA11

A mourning boy was separated from his family during the Holocaust. The boy survived, but his mother and father became victims. All he has left is a stuffed puppy and a family photo. The connected bubbles explain the thoughts and feelings running through his mind when he thinks of them.

HA12

HA12

I wanted to give people an inside look at the thoughts of a Holocaust survivor. After the tragic events, they have post traumatic stress disorder, depression, and vivid visual memories from the Holocaust. They would remember being ripped away from their family and being forced to live without their parents.

HA13

HA13

My piece represents the many haunting memories of the concentration camps. I created this abstract portrait with an acrylic medium. I chose these colors to show the different emotions that each memory would bring. I hope my piece can help others better understand the permanent memories a survivor carries.