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To Paint Her Life
     

To Paint Her Life

by Mary Lowenthal Felstiner
 

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A remarkable biography of a Jewish artist whose vivid autobiographical portraits provide a stunning look at her life as a woman, an artist, and a Jew during the Holocaust.

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A remarkable biography of a Jewish artist whose vivid autobiographical portraits provide a stunning look at her life as a woman, an artist, and a Jew during the Holocaust.

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A biography of Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon, who was born in Germany in 1917, and exiled to France in 1939 where she spent the next two years creating a lifetime's work--765 watercolors overlaid by written texts and tunes that captured the dramatic events of her life--finally to be transported to Auschwitz where she was a victim of the genocide in 1943. Includes 64 b&w photographs throughout and an 8-page color insert. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Donna Seaman
Who was Charlotte Salomon, and why has historian Felstiner devoted 10 years of her life to reconstructing Charlotte's? Lotte Salomon was a German Jew who died in the Holocaust but left behind an incomparable and profoundly moving work of art. "Life? or Theater? An Operetta" consists of more than 700 paintings accompanied by a running narrative and an assortment of lyrics. This imaginative, deeply affecting, illustrated songplay, which Felstiner characterizes as the most penetrating visual record we have from the Nazi era about a single life, fictionalizes the story of Lotte's death-shadowed childhood and all-too-fleeting experience of love. Felstiner's painstaking research into a past blasted by the diabolically thorough destruction of the Nazis is nothing short of remarkable, as is the survival of Lotte's poignant creation. As Felstiner traces Lotte's path from the heart of Berlin's Jewish community to her intensely productive, if brief, exile in the south of France, she enriches our lives with knowledge of Lotte but also sheds light on little-known aspects of the Jewish massacre, particularly the treatment of women. In fact, Felstiner ended up tracking down a notorious, alive and all-too-well, unpunished, unrepentant SS officer responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Jews, including Lotte, who died at Auschwitz at age 26, five months pregnant. Lotte painted so that she and her people would be remembered; Felstiner has taken up the banner of truth and beauty to make certain we never forget.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060171056
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/01/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

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