Source imagery, Under the Wings series artworks 60 to 69
UTW 60: Orthodox Jewish prisoner
a) The source photo (unattributed in the book) appears on page 63, The Pictorial History of the Holocaust (pub. by Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, 1990)
/ Later I wrote the Yad Vashem library asking for info about the photo; I saved this excerpt from the reply letter: “…We assume that it was taken in the Polish town Olkusz in July 1940 during the so-called “Bloody Wednesday”. You can find more about this event and compare the photo with photos of this event here:
Unfortunately we cannot confirm this thesis due to lack of written proof or confirmation”
b) The menorah at upper right, mosaic, also drawn in the drawing, below the area of the victim’s right armpit (seen on viewers left). Drawn from a black and white photo, pl. 85, in Monika Krajewska’s book Time of Stones (Interpress, Warsaw, 1983); the gravestone is in Sieniawa
c) Some Hebrew writing in the drawing was inspired by a gravestone in the Jewish cemetery, Lubaczów (Time of Stones) and a lion like animal on a gravestone in Bobowa (Time of Stones, pl. 79)
d) the candlesticks at lower right (mosaic) were inspired by a photo of a gravestone in Szydłowiec (Time of Stones, pl. 118)
d) a lions head (seen in the drawing to the right of the man’s head and right of the left arm, which is on viewers right, with tefillin straps on the arm) was inspired by a gravestone photo, p. 163, from a gravestone in Lubaczów (Time of Stones).
UTW 61: Multiple amputee
From a photo I first saw on the internet. Note, Dec. 4, 2018: I’m only now finding this photo in a Pinterest website page. Will search for more info on the source photo and where it can be viewed on the net in an accessible website.
UTW 62: Zlata Barshewsky
a) Drawn from family photos, many given to me by a cousin of my mother. One or two were from my mother’s sister Rosa Graff Madell, who visited Zlata in the late 1920’s again in the early or mid 1930’s. My mother’s cousin, raised in Lithuania, was Genia Dayan. She lived in Israel from around 1957 until her death, 2014
b) The menorah at upper right was probably inspired by the same gravestone menorah, of Sieniawa, Poland, used for my source imagery at upper right, UTW 60, from a Monika Krajewska photo in the Time of Stones book
c) The Mickey Mouse toy, inserted in the mosaic at left, was a gift of a girlfriend many years ago.
UTW 63: Pére Jacques
Internet photos. I first learned of Pere Jacques when I saw Louis Malles film Au revoir les enfant in the late 1980’s. The photo I used for my drawing can be seen in the Yad Vashem website. Readers note – the accompanying text in the YV website is displayed in (vision & eye-health challenging)
light-value, gray font): https://www.yadvashem.org/righteous/stories/bunel.html
UTW 64: Sandro Delmastro
From a photo I first saw on the internet. The quest to find photos of Delmastro was from reading the chapter Iron in “The periodic Table,” by Primo Levi. [The edition I own, a paperback, was published by Schocken Books, N.Y., 1984. Originally pub. in Italian as “Il Sistema Periodico.” Pub. by Giulio Einaudi, Torino, 1975]
/ The source photo can be seen in this online article about Delmastro:
UTW 65: I’m just knockin’
From a photo I first saw on the internet of five disabled Jewish Aktion T-4 inmates, Buchenwald.
UTW 66: The sea monsters, child Kielce ghetto
The child drawn from a photo I first saw in the USHMM photo archives, photo no. 03273; and
that the child is holding a piece of bread, dated January 1, 1942. The USHMM website also shows a photo of this child in an ID card; and a third photo shows the child standing with other children and an adult.
/ From the USHMM website: “An identification card bearing a photo of a child holding a cup and a piece of bread in the Kielce ghetto. An official ID card was required to receive food rations at the soup kitchen organized by the Jewish Social Self-help Committee of the Jewish Council. The ID card was issued for the month of May 1941, and was valid only for breakfast. The inscription in Polish reads, ‘1,600 morning meals served daily.’ This photo was one the images included in an official album prepared by the Judenrat of the Kielce ghetto in 1942.”
UTW 67: Milena Jesenska
Drawn from a photo I first saw in ‘Franz Kafka – Letters to Milena’ (Pub. by Schocken Books, N.Y., 1990)
UTW 68: ks. Hieronym Gintrowski
Drawn from a photo I first saw on the internet.
A Polish website on martyred Polish clergy, this page is about Gintrowski:
UTW 69: Ernst Lossa
Drawn from an internet photo. Later, after I did the drawing, I saw internet articles about a book an movie about Lossa. A 2017 published website article on the (Robert Domes authored) book and German – Austrian movie, released autumn 2016,’Fog in August’ (Nebel im August): https://www.philanthropydaily.com/fog-in-august-the-dangers-of-euthanasia-and-eugenics/