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Szyk’sartworks andilluminations portrayed the Jews as a heroic nation that had resisted oppression through the ages and eventually triumphed. His Jews were fighters for their own freedom and the freedom of others. Szyk sought to redefine how Jews viewed themselves and how others viewed them. His works thus challenged the notion that Jewish history was merely one long saga of suffering and recast the Jews as assertive actors in shaping their own destiny.Zionismplayed a crucial role in Arthur Szyk’s art and politics and his artwork glorified biblical heroes as models for the “new Jew.”