Essay on The Second Miracle By Betty R. Rubenstein

897 Words Dec 11th, 2015 4 Pages
The Holocaust will always be remembered as a horrifying event in history. It was a genocide were six million jews were executed. The Jews were seen as the reason why society was falling apart and for that, they were sent to ghettos and/or concentration camps where they were mass murdered. Many survivors have painted their experiences so that the Holocaust is never forgotten. One of those artists is Samuel Bak, he painted With a Blue Thread. A painting to remember all the children who were murdered and that jews never lost their faith.
Artist Biography Samuel Bak was born in Vilnius, Lithuania on August 12, 1933. When Samuel was eight, he and his family were forced to move into the Vilna ghetto. Bak was introduced to art at an early stage in his life. In the article “The Eleventh Miracle” by Betty R. Rubenstein, she explains that Bak began painting when he was nine years old while in the ghetto, where he also had his first art exhibit and was recognized as a child prodigy (par. 2). Besides being talented, Bak was one of the 200 out of 8,000 that survived the Vilna ghetto. From the ghetto, his family was sent to work in a labor camp. Bak survived because his father was able to drop him out of a warehouse window, from where he was working and from there went to hide with his mother (Samuel Bak par. 1). Unfortunately, his father was shot a couple days before they were liberated.
In the painting, Samuel Bak depicts an event that was inspired from a photograph of a boy at the…

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