Academic journal article Jewish Political Studies Review

Echoes of a Lost Generation

Academic journal article Jewish Political Studies Review

Echoes of a Lost Generation

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Echoes of a Lost Generation Crossroads: Jewish Artists during the Holocaust, a catalog of the exhibition held at the National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest, October 2010, National Museum of Art of Romania, 158 pp. [English and Romanian]

The exhibition held at the National Museum of Art of Romania in Bucharest is another milestone in the ongoing efforts to chronicle what happened during the Holocaust in that country. In the turbulent Romanian artistic scene on the eve of World War II, dozens of Jewish painters were busy establishing themselves at the forefront. War and pogroms put an end to their endeavor.

"Only those who have been forgotten have truly died": this Hasidic saying is quoted by Roxanne Theodorescu, director-general of the museum, in her powerful and moving introduction. "Hundreds of thousands of Jews perished during events in Romania in the 1940s; among them many artists. A dynamic art world. . . thus came to a halt."

The exhibition showcases not only Marcel Janeo and other greats, but a number of lesser-known artists such as "Alex Leon, Aurei Marculescu, Emo Tibor and Iosif Klein who died in the Nazi camps." Many of those who managed to survive pogroms and deportations left the country after the war; others gave up painting. …

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