"Experience Holocaust by eyes": survivors' artwork to be on display in Jerusalem

13:50, April 09, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

by Dave Bender, Hao Fangjia

A new exhibition showcasing artwork by Holocaust survivors will open on Monday, Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day, at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem.

The exhibition, themed "Virtues of Memory: Six Decades of Holocaust Survivors' Creativity," "tries to explore for the first time how survivors actually remember a place we too often said was indescribable," said Yehudit Shendar, a senior art curator at Yad Vashem's Museums Division.

The event, which is expected to last for a year, is "an opportunity for all of us to try and understand what the survivors have experienced. This time, not with our ears, or with our word capacity, but rather with our eyes," Shendar told reporters at a preview on Thursday.

"In my opinion, the Holocaust is one of the major characteristics of Jewishness today," said Raul-Israel Teitelbaum, an 80-year-old Holocaust survivor. "Other elements are sometimes disputed, but the Holocaust is one thing that actually crystallized the identity of Jews today. It's a part of the history, and a very hard history of the Jewish people," added the former Israeli journalist and painter in the exhibition hall.

Right behind him is one of his paintings, a dark oil-on-canvas named "Boy at Bergen-Belsen." In the 67.2 cm by 42 cm portrait, which he said depicted one of his horrific experiences, a gaunt young man, clad in torn blue rags, sits on a stone in a muddy courtyard in the camp, his face turned away from the viewer.

【1】 【2】


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • On Sept. 26, a resident passes by a flower terrace decorated for the coming National Day. (Xinhua/Hang Xingwei)
  • The photo, taken on Sept. 26, shows the SWAT team ready for the joint exercise. (Xinhua/Wangkai)
  • Two metro trains in Shanghai collided Tuesday afternoon, and an identified number of passengers were injured in the accident, the Shanghai-based eastday.com reported. Equipment failures were believed to have caused the crash on the Line 10 subway, Xinhua quoted local subway operator as saying.
  • An employee at a gold store in Yiwu, located in east China's Zhejiang province, shows gold jewelry on Monday.(Xinhua/Zhang Jiancheng)
  • Tourists ride camels near China's largest desert lake Hongjiannao in Yulin, north China's Shaanx Province, Sept. 24, 2011. Hongjiannao is shrinking as a result of climate change and human activities, and may vanish in a few decades. Its lake area, which measured more than 6,700 hectares in 1996, has shrunk to 4,180 hectares. Its water level is declining by 20-30 centimeters annually and its water PH value has risen to 9.0-9.42 from 7.4-7.8. (Xinhua/Liu Yu)
  • Actors perform royal dance at the Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, Sept. 27, 2011. A ceremony commemorating the 38th South Korea Sightseeing Day was held in Gyeongbok Palace on Tuesday. (Xinhua/He Lulu)
Hot Forum Discussion