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Sat Mar 26, 2016, 01:10 PM

Life? or Theater?



Charlotte Salomon (b. 1917, Berlin Germany - d. 1943, Auschwitz, Poland)

Joods Historiche Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The painting is one of a series of Gouache works with the same title.

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Sat Mar 26, 2016, 02:26 PM

1. I love this!

Thanks for posting. Sending it on to my youngest son who is a grad student at Yale School of Drama--Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism--
and spent 10 months in Berlin on a Fulbright scholarship before entering grad school.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 26, 2016, 03:48 PM

2. You're most welcome. If you son speaks German, he may be interested in the video...

...available on line which is an interview with Salomon's parents, recorded in 1963. (It has English subtitles.)

Salomon's father Dr. Albert Salomon was a moderately famous physician, who performed some of the earliest work on the interpretation of mammograms as a diagnostic aid in breast cancer detection and in the x-ray determination of recurrence or lack thereof in women who had mastectomies.

Both of Salomon's parents survived the war by going into hiding in the Netherlands during the German occupation.

Charlotte, had also emigrated from Germany, and was residing in Villefrance-sur-mer in France when it was occupied by the Germans. She was arrested and deported to Auschwitz where she was apparently gassed immediately, being five months pregnant at the time.

The startling thing about the interview, although it is tangibly underlain with grief, is the joy the parents take in their daughter's life, and their pride at her accomplishments as an artist.

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I am happy you enjoyed this.

Good luck to your son in his graduate career. My son is about to join the Mason Gross school of art as a painter.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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Response to NNadir (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 26, 2016, 04:15 PM

3. Yes...

he does speak German. I will send him the link to the interview. In fact, his first production at Yale was a new translation he did
of the play, Leonce and Lena, by Georg Buchner.

Congratulations to your son! Hope he enjoys his time at Mason Gross.

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