One of the most compelling testimonies to the horrors of the holocaust are the more than 30,000 surviving works created by artists while imprisoned in ghettos and concentration camps during the years of the Nazi Third Reich. Many of these artists perished, others survived. The body of work they created is extraordinary in its quality given the limited media at their disposal, compelling in its humanity and hope, and utterly courageous in the face of the terror and suffering they faced daily. The lecture explores the work of many of these artists and discuss the question whether art can provide meaningful emotional and spiritual sustenance in the face of personal catastrophe. As a young man, backing-packing through Europe and the Middle East, RON ROTH visited the Flossenburg concentration camp in Germany, an experience that transformed his view of life and its meaning.
Shoah: The Art of the Holocaust