Holocaust Wall Hangings
By Judith Weinshall Liberman
a well-organized and well-written volume. The essays are informative. The images are very captivating. As a librarian, information specialist, I thank you for the clear listing of wall hangings and plates (and accompanying notes). One of the best features of the book is your essay, "How I Create Them". Janice H. Chadbourne Curator of Fine Arts, Boston Public Library
HOLOCAUST WALL HANGINGS is an unusual book. It combines reproductions of unique, multimedia artworks about the Holocaust, with analytical essays about these works written by three noted scholars, each from a different perspective.
The Holocaust and Holocaust art
Judith Weinshall Liberman's vision of theHolocaust is represented by 45 reproductions of her art. These plates are followed by a section called "Notes for Plates" where black and white thumbnail versions of each piece are coupled with historical background and explanations about the creation of the art.
The artist's approach is clarified in an essay en-titled "How I Create Them" in which she takes the reader step by step through the process of creating her wall hangings.
Judging by the reviews and comments about the Holocaust Wall Hangings as exhibited in museums and other public institutions in the United States and abroad, the book HOLOCAUST WALL HANGINGS will be of interest to people of varied cultural backgrounds, to a broad range of ages (from school children to their grandparents), to students of history and lovers of art, and to artists seeking a new directions in creative expression.
In Self Portrait: Card, Judith Weinshall Liberman places herself in a Holocaust setting as an expression of identification with—and empathy for—victims of the Holocaust. The artist's image is blurred, and the words and symbols of an identity card, much like those used in Poland under Nazi rule, replace her individual features. She is marked as a Jew. The image underscores the dehumanization that took place in the Holocaust, and reminds us that the millions who were depersonalized and persecuted by the Nazis were individual human beings.
Stephen C. Feinstein, Salvatore Scalora, Ori Z. Soltes, and by the artist
ISBN 0-9719027-0-4; LC 2002091156
Hardcover & dust jacket; oblong 8vo; 89 pages
45 Plates and 45 b/w thumbnails with notes. Photography: David Caras