composition of this painting is derived from several documentary photographs
of executions by German police. The scantily clad woman is in marked
contrast with her executioners in their heavy winter uniforms. She pleads
for her life, a helpless and solitary figure facing her menacing executioners.
Voices SpeakRemembering the Holocaust represents
one artist's effort to put a human face on a devastating event in the history
of our timesthe Holocaust. The mixed-media works in this exhibition
are based on black-and-white documentary photographs taken in Europe between
1933 and 1945. The haunting, horrific scenes depicted cannot be disputed,
even though deniers of the Holocaust have tried. The photographs were obtained
from the archives of the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.
The Nazi dictatorship
of the 1930s plunged the world into war; over 35 million people, half of
them civilians, were killed. Six million Jews were murdered during what Adolf
Hitler called "The Final Solution." His plan was to annihilate
an entire race and culture, to wipe out European Jewry's existence and every
trace of its civilization. Soviet prisoners of war, European Gypsies and
other ethnic minorities, and disenfranchised individuals also were killed,
or died from starvation and brutal mistreatment at the hands of the German
army and Nazi sympathizers.
The Nazis carried
out the systematic destruction of the Jews in the most unimaginably cruel
and violent manner. Jews were rounded up and deported, until almost the entire
population of Eastern European Jewry was isolated in ghettos. They were then
transported to concentration camps, where they were used as slave labor or
sent to gas chambers and crematoria.