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The Holocaust in the Painting of Valentin Lustig
In this work of non-fiction, scholar Edith Balas looks at the "sophisticated, complex, and symbolic" paintings of Romanian artist Valentin Lustig as they relate to the unique experience of growing up as a child with the ghosts of the Holocaust. Through her careful criticism of Lustig's surreal and often horrific images, Balas makes the reality of the Holocaust accessible to generations succeeding those who experienced the tragedy first hand. This text is surely one that will be noted as an excellent tool for promoting the understanding of a historical period which continues to have an enormous impact on humankind.
Edith Balas was born in Cluj, Romania, in 1929. She was deported from Cluj, then from Kolozsvár (Hungary) at the age of fourteen, and survived Auschwitz, Unterlüss and Bergen-Belsen. She emigrated with her family to the United States in 1967. Dr. Balas is Professor of Art History at Carnegie Mellon University and Research Associate at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of several books including Brancusi and the Romanian Folk Tradition, and Joseph Csáky, a Pioneer of Modern Sculpture.
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