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.
oil on paper, 14.5x22.5 inches, 1992
oil on paper, 25x19 inches, 1991
oil on paper, 16.5x13 inches, 1992
oil on paper, 16x17.5 inches, 1990
oil on paper, 28.5x20.5 inches, 1991
oil on canvas, 34x22 inches, 1987-88
oil on canvas, 40x30 inches, 1989
oil on paper, 11.5x14 inches, 1992
oil on canvas, Left: 96x71 inches, Right: 96x47 inches, 1989-90
oil on canvas, 64.5x48 inches, 1988-89
oil on canvas, 62x36 inches, 1988-89
oil on canvas, 60x35.75 inches, 1987-89
oil on canvas, 10.5x62 inches, 1988
oil on canvas, 66x46 inches, 1987-89
oil on canvas, 64x50 inches, 1988-89
oil on canvas, 54x70 inches, 1987-89
oil on canvas, 56x72 inches, 1988-89