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The Key to Happiness After 50: Create Your Own Epiphany

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If you want to discover a path for yourself as you approach the so-called "golden years," ask yourself the question: Why Am I Here?. Even better, take some time to contemplate the following pair of questions: Why Am I Here?

Via Cathryn Wellner
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Perhaps it's a matter of being a witness, of sharing the story of your family, your elders, those who came before you and were taken before their time. 

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What to do at Auschwitz? Hide site behind logs, Idea Office proposes

What to do at Auschwitz? Hide site behind logs, Idea Office proposes | The Arts and The Holocaust Then and Now | Scoop.it
On a summer day last year Russell Thomsen walked through Birkenau, probably the most horrific place on Earth, not knowing what to think or feel.
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RIP Eric "Rick Kahn. Remembrance. 

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Auschwitz by Nuno Lupi

Auschwitz by Nuno Lupi | The Arts and The Holocaust Then and Now | Scoop.it
Track by BABEL SIN FRONTERAS - 4:13 | Listen and download it for free on Jamendo ("Auschwitz".

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Studio Visit - Radio Interview Artist Sam Drukker | Minyan - Ten Holocaust Survivors

Studio Visit - Radio Interview Artist Sam Drukker | Minyan - Ten Holocaust Survivors | The Arts and The Holocaust Then and Now | Scoop.it
In het boek en de tentoonstelling 'Minje' presenteert schilder Sam Drukker tien portretten van hoogbejaarde Joodse mannen, die in de Tweede Wereldoorlog net volwassen waren. Minje is het minimum aantal mannen dat nodig is voor een gebedsdienst in de synagoge – en dat zijn er tien. De portretten van Drukker zijn tot en met 22 juni te zien in het Joods Historisch Museum in Amsterdam. Gijsbert van der Wal ging bij de schilder op atelierbezoek.
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Dutch artist Sam Drukker eternalized ten survivors of the Holocaust, men who were adults during WWII and who are still alive.Ten men to complete the Minyan, the quorum necessary to recite prayers.

Hallelujah!

 

In the interview Drukker talks about the Jewish identity. His grandfather was Jewish, his father only half, and the painter there for is not. While his parents decided to raise their children without the burden of the Holocaust, every one of the Jewish adults in their environment was either a survivor or a child of a survivor. 

 

History can not be denied. 

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Lea Weinberg Sculptor - wire mesh sculpture -bronze

Lea Weinberg Sculptor - wire mesh sculpture -bronze | The Arts and The Holocaust Then and Now | Scoop.it
I create semi abstract sculptures and reliefs in wire mesh with mixed media as well as bronze sculptures. My sculptures and reliefs use the human form to express the emotional interaction between individuals revealing figures entwined together.
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Adapted from the invitation:

Lea Weinberg's Solo Exhibition: MOTHER-SURVIVOR is a contemporary six series Holocaust related installation, in memory of her mother & many others. The artist's mother's personal story intertwined with the tragedy of human history. 

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At first glance, seeing the metal mesh I'm reminded of an art installation by composer Byron Au Yong and collaborators, that I reviewed years ago in Seattle. 

 

The mesh is most suitable to catch the ethereal, to solidify a fleeting sensation, to visualize a feeling, or memory.

 

Memories of the Holocaust are second hand for children of survivors. How appropriate to catch images of what's been gleaned from stories of our elders in a material that allows for abstraction of figures, thrown together by circumstance, creating sculptures that leave shadows on the wall and on the viewer's mind.

 

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Symbolic Cemetery at Treblinka - Treblinka

Symbolic Cemetery at Treblinka - Treblinka | The Arts and The Holocaust Then and Now | Scoop.it
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How do you memorialize 800,000 people?
Imagine 17,000 stones (times 47) symbolizing the people, old and young, men and women, children and babies murdered.

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Holocaust Names Monument in the Netherlands

Holocaust Names Monument in the Netherlands | The Arts and The Holocaust Then and Now | Scoop.it
You can adopt a name by donating just 50 euros / 70 USD. By honouring the victims of the past, we can all help build this memorial.
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All names of all murdered victims will be shown on the memorial wall. The notion that you can "adopt" names lead to some donors taking the initiative to find out who lived during the Nazi occupation at their present address, if the earlier occupant was a Jewish citizen who did not return after WWII, they sponsored that person's name.

I adopted the name of my grandmother Judith Roos-Engelsman, the widow of my fathers father Maurits van Praag.

 

Years ago I entered my grandmother's, her husband's as well as the names of my aunt, her husband and children on the site of the Virtual Monument, an initiative of Professor Ies Lipschits.

 

I remember spotting the names I shared on the Internet  on the memorial wall at the Hollandsche Schouwburg, the Jewish theatre house from where Jews were transported to transit camp Westerbork. I remember the electric shock that went through my body, seeing my grandmother's name, the reality of my missing out on knowing her, out in the open visible for the first time.


The Names Monument gives a place to the victims of the Holocaust in Amsterdam, or Mokum from מקום the place to be.

 

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When Holocaust ripples meet the Delta blues

When Holocaust ripples meet the Delta blues | The Arts and The Holocaust Then and Now | Scoop.it
The incredible story of how Zsuzsanna Eva becomes music star ZZ Ward — and finds out she’s Jewish along the way
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Call it the Hungarian-Oregon Connection, ZZWard has found her roots run deeper than the Delta.

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Anthony Robbins interviewing 108 year old woman survivor of a Nazi concentration camp

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THAT BOOK YOU WROTE BUT HAVEN'T PUBLISHED | This gives me hope

THAT BOOK YOU WROTE BUT HAVEN'T PUBLISHED | This gives me hope | The Arts and The Holocaust Then and Now | Scoop.it
That book you wrote but haven’t yet published, the dance you choreographed that hasn’t been performed, the lyrics you carefully polished that hav...

 

I opened the link to this post and thought: "Are you talking to me?" Today, January 1, 2012 I woke up and thought, okay, this is it. I'm going to read through my manuscript for Forgiveness as though I'm working on an assignment. I'm going to apply myself to this project the way I have applied myself to reviews of other writers' books, p/reviews of shows and exhibitions.

I'm going to approach my own number one project as just that, my number one project of the New Year.

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Caught a gastro virus on January 2nd which floored me for a week. Then it was time to write a guest post for the blog Lessons from the Monk I married, to be published one of these days. You see how it goes? I'll be back on track after today. This is the last time that I present an architectural tour for the general public at Seattle's Central Public Library, starting on the 31st visitors will have an app to guide them through the building.
I'm going to re-read the article about the book I wrote but haven't published and get on with it!
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The Key to Happiness After 50: Create Your Own Epiphany

The Key to Happiness After 50: Create Your Own Epiphany | The Arts and The Holocaust Then and Now | Scoop.it
If you want to discover a path for yourself as you approach the so-called "golden years," ask yourself the question: Why Am I Here?. Even better, take some time to contemplate the following pair of questions: Why Am I Here?

Via Cathryn Wellner
Judith van Praag's insight:

Perhaps it's a matter of being a witness, of sharing the story of your family, your elders, those who came before you and were taken before their time. 

There's work to do.

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Artist Jacques Gotko: Front - Stalag 122, Compiegne - General View 1942

Artist Jacques Gotko: Front - Stalag 122, Compiegne - General View 1942 | The Arts and The Holocaust Then and Now | Scoop.it

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Jacques Gotko (ne Jakow Gotkowski) was born in 1900 in Odessa. Fearing pogroms there, his family immigrated to Paris in 1905. His father, a factory worker, died eight years later leaving a widow and two young children. Despite his family's straitened financial circumstances, Gotko was sent to study architecture and set design at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. On completing his studies he worked as a set designer for the cinema. His paintings were well received and exhibited at prestigious galleries.
In July 1941 Gotko was arrested as a Russian national, released a few days later, then re - arrested, this time as a Jew, and sent to the Compiegne camp. All the artworks in his studio in Charente were declared "degenerate" and destroyed by the Nazis. In Compiegne, and also in Drancy, the camp to which he was later transferred, he continued his artistic activities, producing woodcuts, drawings and watercolors, though primarily known as a portrait painter. Some time after his arrival at Drancy his mother and sister were interned in the camp, and he witnessed their deportation to Auschwitz in November 1942. Gotko never got over this tragic event. On July 31, 1943 he too was sent to Auschwitz and he died of typhus shortly afterwards. Some of the paintings he had done in the camp came into the possession of fellow artist internees, including Isis - Israel Kischka, and the scientist and historian Georges Wellers, who donated them to the art collection of the Ghetto Fighters' House. Others are part of the collection of the Musee d'Histoire Contemporaine in Paris


Via Mawyl
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Nothing to add. Other than that the finances of Gotko's family were probably strained, and that even if he had survived the Holocaust and not been killed himself in 1943, he would still not have gotten over the tragic death of his mother and sister.

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Exhibition Review: Thinking the Future of Auschwitz - News - Architectural Record

Exhibition Review: Thinking the Future of Auschwitz - News - Architectural Record | The Arts and The Holocaust Then and Now | Scoop.it
Russell Thomsen and Eric Kahn, partners at IDEA, were drawn to the subject of how the concentration camp in southern Poland will be experienced by future generations.

Via Kaeleigh Herstad
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RIP Eric "Rick" Kahn. 

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Artist Sam Drukker - Minyan | Jewish Historical Museum Amsterdam

Artist Sam Drukker - Minyan | Jewish Historical Museum Amsterdam | The Arts and The Holocaust Then and Now | Scoop.it
Voor de installatie Minje portretteerde Sam Drukker tien joodse mannen die de Tweede Wereldoorlog als volwassen man hebben meegemaakt: een...
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Dutch artist Sam Drukker eternalized ten survivors of the Holocaust, men who were adults during WWII and who are still alive.Ten men to complete the Minyan, the quorum necessary to recite prayers.

Hallelujah!

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Dutch artist Sam Drukker eternalized ten survivors of the Holocaust, men who were adults during WWII and who are still alive.Ten men to complete the Minyan, the quorum necessary to recite prayers.

Hallelujah!

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‘Degenerate Art’ at Neue Galerie Recalls Nazi Censorship

‘Degenerate Art’ at Neue Galerie Recalls Nazi Censorship | The Arts and The Holocaust Then and Now | Scoop.it
Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937,” a show at the Neue Galerie, is one of the few in an American museum in the past two decades to address the Nazi’s selective demonizing of art.
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“Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937” continues through June 30 at the Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th Street; (212) 628-6200.

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Paintings by Max Beckman included in "Degenerate Art" exhibit at Neue Galerie in N.Y.

Paintings by Max Beckman included in "Degenerate Art" exhibit at Neue Galerie in N.Y. | The Arts and The Holocaust Then and Now | Scoop.it
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Departure 1932-1935, by Max Beckmann. The artist, whose work was confiscated by the Nazis in 1937, would flee to Amsterdam where he stayed until after WWII.

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Kalman Aron Painter Artist Holocaust Survivor

Kalman Aron Painter Artist Holocaust Survivor | The Arts and The Holocaust Then and Now | Scoop.it
Kalman Aron’s work gains poise inner perspective that radiates new and ever-changing vitality over a lifetime in art.
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Not wanting to "be found" octogenarian finally shares his story with the girl whose portrait he drew when she was six, and he twenty-four. Kalman Aron was right to trust Susan Beilby Magee with his memories.

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Moshe Rynecki | Portrait of a Jewish-Polish Artist from Warsaw, Poland

Moshe Rynecki | Portrait of a Jewish-Polish Artist from Warsaw, Poland | The Arts and The Holocaust Then and Now | Scoop.it
Artwork and life of Moshe Rynecki (1881-1943). Jewish-Polish painter from Warsaw, Poland. Painted Jewish community in 1920s-1930s and Warsaw Ghetto.
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A memorial site, not just for the artist Moshe Rynecki, but for a community lost. 

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UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center | The Arts and The Holocaust Then and Now | Scoop.it
Heading to Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA for Mindfulness-Instructor Training http://t.co/ULoIk6hp...

Via Art Therapy ★★★★★
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Digital Monument Jewish Community in the Netherlands

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Click anywhere, take it from there.

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9 Tips to Ace Your Kickstarter Campaign | The Daily Muse

9 Tips to Ace Your Kickstarter Campaign | The Daily Muse | The Arts and The Holocaust Then and Now | Scoop.it
Thinking about raising money on Kickstarter? Before you get started, check out this advice from women who just raised $50K.

 

Not one of the movies entered for competition in Cannes was directed by a woman. Yes, that's right.

If you want to change the odds for the coming years, if you want to kick some as., if you need to get kickstarted, what ever you want to cal getting the funds to make a film, get with it already.

The Future is Now!

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10 Life Lessons from Esquire’s “What I’ve Learned” Interviews

10 Life Lessons from Esquire’s “What I’ve Learned” Interviews | The Arts and The Holocaust Then and Now | Scoop.it
From 50 Cent to Julia Child, or what Apocalypse Now has to do with sperm whales.
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