Women Artists Under the Nazi Regime

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This work was published in 2021 by the journal Literature and Belief, in a special edition by Professor Victoria Aarons, Department of English, Trinity University, San Antonio Texas. 220 pages.

From 1933 to 1944, the Nazi Regime in Germany censored all forms of art except those that represented specific racial, heroic ideas: art used as propaganda. Living under Nazi rule, hundreds of Jewish women artists were forced to sublimate the world that they witnessed and the sentiment the world produced in them. Most of them were annihilated in concentration camps for being Jewish, and most of their work was burnt or lost.

My desire to make digital portraits of the artists described here grew out of the rage I feel as a Jewish artist woman. Part portrait and part a dream, these portraits are intended to allow me to connect, through my imagination, with the inner child of each of these Jewish women artists—artists who suffered under the Nazi Regime and whose childhoods are mostly unknown. My goal is to make a humble homage to them, to sublimate the free spirit that followed them the rest of their lives.