6-12 Holocaust Center

Holocaust Survivor Art and Pain

This inquiry focuses on examining two pieces of Holocaust survivor art to explore how art can express the pain of the Holocaust. The questions, tasks, and sources in this inquiry asks students to examine one painting and one drawing created by a Holocaust survivor using Visual Thinking Strategies then use their observations to drive discussion and analysis during a Think-Pair-Share activity.  Students will be asked to use their analysis of the two works of art to construct a claim that it is possible to see the artist’s life circumstances more clearly from their art work while generating additional questions, leading to more learning about the artist’s life – or argue they cannot.