Artists of the Holocaust
It is without question that the Holocaust is one of the most horrific events of the twentieth century. While it might be difficult and emotional to think about such a terrible time in history, it is imperative that we do not forget. We must remember for the sake of preventing something like this from happening again. Memory is becoming more and more difficult as the years go by—those who witnessed the atrocities of the Holocaust and of the Nazi regime are getting fewer and fewer. It is becoming increasingly important that the survivors' stories get passed on before it is too late. One way in which this can be done is through artwork. I have examined four individuals and/or groups who were directly or indirectly affected by the Holocaust. These four individuals or groups are Alfred Kantor (Holocaust survivor), the children of Theresienstadt concentration camp, Art Spiegelman (second-generation Holocaust survivor), and Kathe Kollwitz (a German woman whose art was banned by the Nazi regime). I have provided a brief biography of each of these, replicated a piece of each of their artwork, and discussed how their works affect my artistic interpretation of the Holocaust. I have also produced a creative artwork to serve as a tribute to these artists and to those who did not live to share their story of the Holocaust.