Logo: Photographer, Mixed Media Artist Helene Fischman

Art from the Ashes

Excerpted from Diller Fund Grant, Osher-Marin Jewish Community Center: "As first-hand memories of the Holocaust recede into history and the generation most intimately affected by its horrors grows older, new generations struggle for a poignant way of evoking the memory of the lost world of European Jewish life.  Toward this end, painter and photographer Helene Fischman, a highly respected Bay area artist and educator, created "artist residencies" for herself in former Nazi territory.  In Terezín/Terezinstadt, Czech Republic, she created an artist studio in a crumbling, former Nazi Barrack.  In Oświęcim/Auschwitz, Poland, she spent two months painting in an old storage room formerly used for munitions at the Auschwitz Jewish Center/Chevra Lomdei Mishnayot, the town's only surviving synagogue...Click here for complete statement

Articles & Publicity:
Special Collections, Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin Library, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 2, 2014
Alexandra Wall, "Bay area artist hopes to turn horror into hope at Auschwitz," Northern California Jewish Bulletin, June 4, 2004.
Alexandra Wall, " 'Art from the Ashes,' opens window on death camps," Northern California Jewish Bulletin, April 14, 2006.

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Down Cellar:
Shimshon Klieger's family home

Oświęcim, Poland
2004

 

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Five-Thirty:
Shimshon Klieger's family home

Oświęcim, Poland
2004

 
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Living Room:
Shimshon Klieger's family home

Oświęcim, Poland
2004


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Hallway:
Shimshon Klieger's family home

Oświęcim, Poland
2004


 

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Staircase:
Shimshon Klieger's family home

Oświęcim, Poland
2004

 

 
Thumbnail: Art From The Ashes - Children's Target
Children's Target
Terezín, Czech Republic
2003



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Ohře River:
Terezín street sign

Terezín, Czech Republic
2003


 

Thumbnail: Art From The Ashes - Descending a Staircase
Descending A Staircase:
Self-Portrait in former Nazi barrack (After Marcel Duchamp, "Nude Descending a Staircase")

Terezín, Czech Republic
2003

 

 
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Honey:
Oświęcim Farmer's Market

Oświęcim, Poland
2004

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Renewal: Snail eating moss on tombstone
in reconstructed Jewish cemetary

Oświęcim, Poland
2004






 
Thumbnail: Art From The Ashes - Jacob's Ladder
Jacob's Ladder: View down pool ladder, reflecting rain water
Terezín, Czech Republic
2003
 
Thumbnail: Art From The Ashes - Something Broken
Something Broken:
Rubble from 2002 floods

Terezín, Czech Republic
2003



Thumbnail: Art From The Ashes - On Your Mark
On Your Mark:
Diving block, prison swimming pool

Terezín, Czech Republic
2003

 
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Old Spokes: Broken bicycles in former munitions warehouse
Terezín, Czech Republic
2003
 

Thumbnail: Art From The Ashes - Leader of the Pack
Leader of the Pack:
Street kitty in Terezín

Terezín, Czech Republic
2003


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Sinking:
Former prison bathroom

Terezín, Czech Republic
2003

 
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Winter in Oświęcim:
The Lost Shabbos

Oświęcim, Poland
2004
 

Thumbnail: Art From The Ashes - Spring
Spring in Oświęcim:
The Lost Shabbos

Oświęcim, Poland
2004


Thumbnail: Art From The Ashes - Summer
Summer in Oświęcim:
The Lost Shabbos

Oświęcim, Poland
2004



  Thumbnail: Art From The Ashes - Fall
Fall in Oświęcim:
The Lost Shabbos

Oświęcim, Poland
2004


 

Thumbnail: Art From The Ashes - Remember
Remember I Am With You
Terezín, Czech Republic
2003


Thumbnail: Art From The Ashes - Not a Prison Camp
This is Not a Prison Camp
Terezín, Czech Republic
2003
Thumbnail: Art From The Ashes - Eternal Light
Ner Tamid (Eternal Light)
Terezín, Czech Republic
2003