"From Whole Cloth"
By: Mitzi Trachtenberg

COLLAGE / MIXED MEDIA ON CANVAS 49 1/2" H X 61 1/2" W, 1995

(ON EXHIBIT AT THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM OF PITTSBURGH, PA)
 
ARTIST'S STATEMENT:

On a recent trip to Austria I visited the concentration camp at Matthausen.  Until then, I had never given any thought as to how all of the millions of yellow stars had been produced.

I was astonished when I realized that the Germans had manufactured hundreds of thousands of yards of fabric which contained only yellow stars, stamped with the word "JUDE", to mark those selected to die.

During the visit I was intensely moved by standing alone in the middle of a small barracks in which hundreds of people, stacked like cordwood, were forced to live.
 

INTERPRETATION:

This work is an attempt to show how the nazis created "whole cloth", whose sole purpose was to destroy the whole cloth of an ancient culture.

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