series 

Passing the Torch

1987 - 1989

I was born and raised in Israel, then a young state, which had gained its independence only a few years earlier. Although my father's parents and many members of my family perished in the Holocaust, I belonged to a generation that did not look back, but concentrated all its energy on rebuilding our ancient-new homeland.

 

 

During the 1980s, I lived and painted in New York. The dramatic encounter with Claude Lanzman’s documentary film Shoah and the material transferred to me by my cousin, Henry Kellen – himself a Holocaust survivor and founder of the Holocaust Museum in El Paso, Texas – had a tremendous impact on me.

 

This experience was the catalyst for a series of 18 paintings on the subject of the holocaust, which I named “Passing the Torch”.

 

I painted this series to serve as a constant reminder as well as an educational tool for future generations, so that they may not forget the horrors of the past and remember never to let it happen again.

 

Since 1996, “Passing the Torch” has been located at Ramapo College, Mahwah N.J.

Execution
Execution

oil on paper, 14.5x22.5 inches, 1992

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The Confrontation
The Confrontation

oil on paper, 25x19 inches, 1991

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Waiting for death
Waiting for death

oil on paper, 16.5x13 inches, 1992

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Witness
Witness

oil on paper, 16x17.5 inches, 1990

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Killing Fields
Killing Fields

oil on paper, 28.5x20.5 inches, 1991

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How Could They Burn People
How Could They Burn People

oil on canvas, 34x22 inches, 1987-88

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Daughter of Israel
Daughter of Israel

oil on canvas, 40x30 inches, 1989

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The Killer
The Killer

oil on paper, 11.5x14 inches, 1992

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Before & after (diptych)
Before & after (diptych)

oil on canvas, Left: 96x71 inches, Right: 96x47 inches, 1989-90

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Wandering Jew
Wandering Jew

oil on canvas, 64.5x48 inches, 1988-89

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Verboten
Verboten

oil on canvas, 62x36 inches, 1988-89

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Dance of Death
Dance of Death

oil on canvas, 60x35.75 inches, 1987-89

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Illusion Showers
Illusion Showers

oil on canvas, 10.5x62 inches, 1988

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Pain at the Wire
Pain at the Wire

oil on canvas, 66x46 inches, 1987-89

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Separation
Separation

oil on canvas, 64x50 inches, 1988-89

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Shooting Gallery
Shooting Gallery

oil on canvas, 54x70 inches, 1987-89

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And the Children Will See It All
And the Children Will See It All

oil on canvas, 56x72 inches, 1988-89

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