• JANUARY 25 - MAY 26
  • Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman
  • January 25, 2019 to
    May 26, 2019
  • Category: Exhibits: Art/Museum

Event Details

  • January 25, 2019 to
    May 26, 2019
  • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Free


Event Description

Testimony: The Life and Work of David Friedman surveys the artist’s long career, with a focus on his series Because They Were Jews!, a visual diary of his time in the Lodz Ghetto in Poland and his internment at the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Friedman(n) was born in Mährisch Ostrau, Austria (now Ostrava, Czech Republic), but moved to Berlin in 1911, where he studied under German impressionist Lovis Corinth. With the rise of Nazism, he and his family escaped to Prague in 1938, where he continued to paint for himself and sold artwork until 1941 when the family was deported to Lodz Ghetto. Most of the work from earlier in his career was lost, destroyed, or looted by Nazis. daughter, never seeing them again, and was transferred to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Friedman survived his internment at the infamous concentration camp and married fellow survivor Hildegard Taussig. After living in Israel for five years, the family immigrated to the United States in 1954, eventually becoming citizens and settling in St. Louis, where he worked as a commercial artist for an advertising company, later retiring in 1962. As a Holocaust survivor, Friedman found a new purpose in life to fight anti-Semitism and racial hatred by depicting the horrors he had witnessed and to show them to the world. Testimony offers a glimpse into the lifelong effects of the Holocaust, but also serves as an affirmation of survival.