Kaliszan’s Warsaw Ghetto: by Frank Farbenbloom
Forty full-size (16" x 20") images by Kaliszan, recount the terror, cruelty and viciousness of this terrible period. It is a work that deserves a place in the record of a history that can never be allowed to disappear from our memory.
Though titled “The Warsaw Ghetto” this work clearly uses the Warsaw Ghettto as a metaphor for the destruction of Polish Jewry and the Holocaust in general, with its images drawn from other ghettos and the camps.
Each painting has a different theme. This one here is titled "Work Means All" referring to imposed slave labor. The collage-like details captured by Kaliszan have a profound impact on the viewer. Even here on the web site we can only do a poor imitation of a full sized exhibition.
We purchased all forty of the original painting in 1994. Since then they have remained in archival storage. All are in mint condition.All comments are welcome. Use the comment box below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our interest now is how to best make this important collection available to a broader public.
"We, the survivors, are not the true witnesses.... We speak in their stead, by proxy" Primo Levi