Auschwitz Album remembered

•July 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment

There are no words in our language to describe the moment and realization of the darkest form of humanity.  The ultimate extermination, both of the mind and the soul.

http://www1.yadvashem.org/exhibitions/album_Auschwitz/mutimedia/index.HTML

Vatican rebukes Bishop Williamson apology.

•March 1, 2009 • 1 Comment

Las Vegas, NV —  coverscan1My book Artist’s Proof has a central theme of the stolen art of the Holocaust. I researched Pope Pius XII and the Vatican’s involvement in the Holocaust, the stories of the RAT LINE and many rumors of still missing paintings and artifacts thought to be hidden in Russia, South America and even in the tombs of Vatican City, Rome, Italy.

I am constantly reminded of how important the lessons of the Holocaust are, when almost daily I find yet another piece to the puzzle.

Today the Wall Street Journal reported the deported Bishop Richard Williamson, upon arriving in his native England from Argentina, was formally re-reprimanded by the Vatican while German authorities considered an arrest warrant on charges of  hate crimes based on his speeches and interviews with Swedish television.  Williamson has made repeated statements and written articles claiming the Jewish victims of the Holocaust were never gassed and that “only” 200,000-300,000 people were murdered, not 6 million.  

The response from the Vatican has been swift and unyielding. Excommunicated by the church, if Williamson is to have his excommunication lifted he first must admit his statements were wrong, and disavow himself of these Holocaust denier beliefs, according to Vatican representative Rev. Federico Lombardi.

The twisting tales surfacing around aspects of the Holocaust, memoirs written by Nazi guards and fake accounts by alleged survivors, continue to define the legacy of the artists, musicians, writers, dancers, singers and actors lost during World War II. Their stories are symbolized in the book: Artist’s Proof.

France admits Holocaust role.

•February 19, 2009 • Leave a Comment

2/17/09

Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall

 

France finally makes its role in the HOLOCAUST official. 70 years after the fact, the French government has accepted a ruling by the “Council of State” recognizing their role in the genocide of almost one hundred thousand adults and children deported to Nazi death camps.  The announcement recognizes the French government at the time as co-conspirators, facilitating the deportation and persecution of citizens believed to be Jewish.  

 

Artist Marc Chagall was one of the most famous Jewish occupants of Franceduring the German invasion. Arian Fry and the American Rescue Committee were responsible for the rescue of Chagall and many of Europe’s creative intellectuals, changing the international arts community for the next half-century.

 

Recently the Council of State was asked by a Paris court for an opinion in the request for reparations from the French state by the daughter of a deportee who died at Auschwitz. She also was asking for material and moral damages for her own personal suffering during and after the occupation. The council left the decision up to the Paris court but did add comment to the case by stating; {this council} “considers that because the acts and actions by the state led to the deportation of people considered Jews by the Vichy regime, (they) constituted errors and became its responsibility.” As reported by the associated Press in the Wall Street Journal 2/17/09, further stating, “The council used the opportunity of the ruling to make a “solemn recognition of the collective prejudice suffered (by the deportees), of the role played by the state in their deportation as well as the memory that should remain forever … of their suffering and that of their families.”*

Estee Yaari, spokeswoman for Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial authority responded to the announcement, “This is an important and courageous decision that unambiguously confronts French actions during the Holocaust,” adding, “This has moral significance that will hopefully serve to deepen awareness about the Holocaust in French society, something that is important both for grappling with the events of the past, and their repercussions today,” she said.*

France’s former President Jacques Chirac initiated France’s acceptance of responsibility for their involvement back in 1995. Over $600 million has been paid out to Holocaust victims and their families since 2000.

In 2008, over 500,000 Jews were living in France, the largest resident population of Jews in western Europe.

For more information on Holocaust-era artists go to www.readartistsproof.com

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Author S. Lander Marks writes and speaks on Holocaust art/artists/art restitution/collecting.

Her presentation “Teaching the Holocaust through Marilyn Manson.” presents the words and images of the Holocaust artists and their role in changing our appreciation of modern contemporary art.”  For information on this program contact the author at: landermarks@readartistsproof.com

12,000 BLOND CHildren stolen by the Nazi’s.

•January 13, 2009 • Leave a Comment

1/12/09 Las Vegas, NV

This story adds yet another blood-curdling element to the horrors of the Holocaust. Imagine finding out your family isn’t your family and your life is a lie.

Such are the realities for many children of German descent, chosen for their blue eyes, blond hair and Aryan looks. Read more here: at The Daily News.  Credit Andrew Malone for a wonderful article. Photos credit Merkus.

little boy lost

little boy lost

As the anniversary of “The Night of the Broken Glass” approaches, please let us never forget the horrors of the Holocaust.

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“ANGEL at the FENCE” Fraud!

•December 28, 2008 • 3 Comments

Holocaust survivors Herman and Rosa Rosenblat’s memior, ” Angel at the Fence”, set to release February 2009, has been pulled by it’s publisher. Experts have exposed the specific key to the tale, a young “jewish” girl, posing as a Christian, meeting Rosenblat at the fence to pass him food on a nightly basis, to be impossible. The Schlieben Labor Camp in Germany, where the alleged incidents took place would have been within cloxe proximity to the SS barracks making the encounters highly visable.

The Rosenblat’s say the story is “from memory”. Embarrassment reigns at the publishing house and within Oprah circles, where O has herald their story as one of the most endearing she’s ever heard.  Albeit, the story of these two meeting and then re-uniting on a “blind date” years later, is one of great fiction, but using the genre of  “memior” seems to be a guarantee of blockbuster success to tempting for these folks to ignore. The publishers are relying on the clerks and agents to vet the manuscript, which is testimony to greed taking precedence over common sense. Haven’t we seen this before?

This is an unfortunate blight on the literary community and once again draws to the publics’ attention, the very question, can we trust anyone to tell the truth about anything, anymore?  

This is a sad day for all the HONEST writer’s toiling for the love of the written word, hoping their story will be deemed worthy of attention. 

For Holocaust victims and Jews in general, this adds one MORE “I told you so”  for the Holocaust deniers and anti-Semites around the world.  This, we don’t need.

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Sarah Lander Marks is the author of Artist’s Proof, a mystery of art, the holocaust  and restitution.  She writes on Jewish themes, cars, gourmet food and travel. www.readartistsproof.com

Sedona Jewish Book Month

•November 14, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Flagstaff, Az,  Nov. 14th, 2008

Last night I had the pleasure of speaking to a small, but intimate group of Sedona’s Jewish community.  How wonderful to have such a caring and open synagogue, amidst the energy of the red rocks. A shout out to my new friends; Rabbi Alica, Issac, Harry, Gail, Eric and sthe folks passing through from San Diego to Phoenix. Thanks to Eric M. for putting this together and sharing the history of the Sedona Jewish idenity with me. and Amy, the fabulous librarian who epitomizes the Sedona style of friendliness and hospitality.

As I told the crazy, often soulful tale of writing the book; Artist’s Proof, we enjoyed an interesting discussion on the imagery and history of Hungarian Jewish artist Bela Kadar. The title unknown, the date speculated to be 1940, I discussed Kadar’s spirit channeling the book Artist’s Proof (how appropriate for Sedona) and the history of Chagall, Entartete Kunst and the Abstract Expressionist, Romantic, Cubist and German Expressionist movements surrounding WWII.

From “a dancing woman” to a face covered with tallit”, I find this work as paradoxical as the life of Kadar. He painted in many styles including the ‘Blue Rider”, Cubism, and Futurism.  At times his style appeared influenced by Chagall and the life of the villagers in his native Hungary.  Yet this piece demonstrates a transition from the fantasy imagery of the Romantic to the Cubist edge of Picasso, a key influence of the time.  There are few pieces of Kadar’s around.  I find the history of his life and work to be my inspiration to continue telling the story of the Holocaust, through the eyes and ears of the creative intellectuals that experienced the war on so many levels.  If you are an educator interested in more information on my presentations, geared to HS and college students, feel free to contact me at sarahlee@mycarlady.com.

Take a look for yourself, and feel free to comment on what you see in the piece.

Degenerate artist Bela Kadar wwII

Degenerate artist Bela Kadar wwII

Holocaust Art Author to speak in N. Arizona

•November 1, 2008 • Leave a Comment

October 31, 2008 Las Vegas, NV —

Bela Kadar - Found painting

Bela Kadar - Found painting

Author Sarah Lander Marks, writing as Lander Marks, will speak to the Jewish community of Sedona at the Sedona Public Library on November 13th, 2008 at 7pm. The subject of her talk will be Holocaust Art restitution and collecting  as told through her new book: Artist’s Proof. Marks travels and displays a painting by Hungarian artist Bela Kadar, a Nazi-proclaimed Degenerate Artist from the WWII era.  The presentation will conclude with Q&A, and a book signing. Books will be available for sale. The public is welcome.

Artist's Proof

Artist

Lander Marks will then travel to Northern Arizona University to speak to students, faculty and interested community members, at the Martin-Sperling Institute (Room 309 in the Riles Building, building 15 on the NAU map) at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 14. 

The Actor’s Studio-type interactive discussion will address issues of tolerance and creative expression in the arts, as a result of the mass exodus of cultural genius from Europe during WWII.  Marks will show images from the restitution and contemporary art market, including Bela Kadar, Klimt, Picasso, Chagall and Ernst.

Lander Marks has spent the past decade developing her sharp, sassy and quick-witted characters with an earnest desire to deliver unbiased information from which the reader will take away a new perspective. Recalling the circuitous tale of Artist’s Proof, Sarah offers her exclusive insights into where the missing artworks are hidden. Marks will display a painting by Bela Kadar, recently discovered to be from the Nazi-era of ‘degenerate’ contemporary art. 

The presentation will be followed by a book signing. The public is welcome.