United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Israel in Chains, 1939
The Art and Politics of Arthur Szyk
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not pity

[USHMM #71443/Gillian Raffles, United Kingdom;
Original materials: Watercolor and gouache on paper;
Original dimensions: 15 7/8" x 11 7/8"]

Israel in Chains, 1939
Throughout the war, Szyk sought to alert the world to the nature of the Nazi persecution of Europe’s Jews. They were targeted not for their actions or citizenship. Through the use of group portraiture, Szyk illustrated the fact that all Jews, regardless of age or gender, were singled out for persecution and eventual destruction.

Jewish Artist
Wartime Caricaturist
Szyk resources
Szyk resources


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