Analysis Of Seton Hill 's National Catholic Center For Holocaust Education And Harlan Gallery

809 Words Nov 17th, 2015 4 Pages
For my out of class experience, I chose to visit the two exhibits that Seton Hill’s National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education and Harlan Gallery hosted from October 15th to November 12th. The first exhibit was called “Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk,” which walked viewers through the life of Arthur Szyk and some of his most popular/influential pieces. Arthur Szyk was a Polish Jew that escaped Europe and immigrated to the United States in 1940. He was famous for his brilliantly detailed illustrations that portrayed the Jewish struggle. In a time where Jewish people were oppressed and brought down by any means necessary, Szyk brought them up again by portraying them as heroic people who continually persevered when faced with adversity/oppression and fought for their freedom. He found inspiration in the history of his people and biblical stories of Jewish bravery, which drove him to display modern examples of Jewish courage to the world. This exhibit surrounds the three themes that Szyk based his illustrations off of, which include: World War II, America, and Jewish response. The second exhibit was called “Holocaust by Bullets: Yahad-In Unam, 10 Years of Investigation” and it displayed all of the hardwork that was done by Father Patrick Desbois to collect evidence of the Holocaust. In particular, Father Patrick Desbois focused this exhibit as well as his work on the shooting of Jews by Nazi units, which occurred in several countries (such as Russia,…

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