holocaust, jewish, extermination, concentration camp, shoah, auschwitz, belzec, treblinka, monowitz, birkenau, night of the long knives,
deportations, judenrat, majdanek, westerbork, chelmno, vught, wannsee, theresienstadt, roma, sinti, night of the broken glass, extermination camps, nazi´s,
hitler, jews, diaspora, jewish council, judenrat, transportation, birkenau, ghetto, hans vanderwerff, sion soeters, aktion reinhard, terezin, himmler, david irving
holocaust denial, holocaust lest we forget, jews, synagogue, oswald pohl, odilo globocnik, deportations, judenrat, majdanek, westerbork, chelmno, vught,
wannsee, theresienstadt, roma, sinti, night of the broken glass, extermination camps, nazi´s, hitler, jews, diaspora, jewish council, judenrat, transportation,
birkenau, ghetto, hans vanderwerff, sion soeters, aktion reinhard, terezin, himmler, david irving, holocaust denial, holocaust lest we forget, jews, synagogue,
oswald pohl, siegfried seidl, protectorate, bohemia, moravia, murmelstein, karl rahm, anton burger, karl hermann frank,
This series of images on canvas/paper or in mural form exists to commemorate both dead and living heroes of the Holocaust. In my paintings and graphics, I seek to isolate objects and images from their mundane contexts and reorganize them, thereby granting them a new life. I select colors, textures and forms that complement the realistic images that I use. The elements reinforce the fact that I am creating something new, not merely replicating nature's truths. My concern with themes of contrast continually runs through my work: Man and nature; human's continual encroachment on the environment; the dehumanization of mankind; the old and new; the classical and the contemporary; the lack of concern with the beautiful and the elegant in our mainstream culture.
It has always been my dream to create a series of printed on paper and canvas, paying tribute to the heroes and the victims of the Holocaust. In addition to producing unique single images, I intend to create three portfolios of limited editions. The first group of images will cover the period before the passing of the Nuerenberg Laws in 1935 in Germany, through the freeing of the inmates in the concentrations camps by the American and Russian troops in 1945. The second portfolio will feature images of the Jewish immigration to Palestine prior to, during, and after World War II. This group of images will also deal with the struggle to create the State of Israel and the Nation's trials, tribulations and achievements. The third portfolio will honor Jewish individuals as well as the "Righteous Christians" who risked their lives who risked their lives, and the lives of their families, out of moral conviction. These heroes should be remembered and lauded for their exceptional bravery.
It is shock, outrage and surprise to discover that the majority of our generation, children and adults, Jewish and Christian, have little or no knowledge of what transpired during the rise of Hitler, the Nazi regime, and the Holocaust. These images that I have created will, hopefully, educate the viewer, making him or her aware of the possibility of repetition of history. By remembering, the present and the future generations will think and act more humanistically and follow the age-old axiom: "Do Unto Others, As You Would Have Them Do Unto You!"
Can art work, interpreting the dark past still reach us in the hustle of our normalized life? I feel that the responsibility of the artist, and of any enlightended human begin, is to continue to make us aware of the past. We can not escape this horrible reality. We have a responsibility to face it and learn it's lessons: "We Will Not Forget"- Michael Knigin