Many years ago I fell in love with Fritz Ascher's artwork. I had never heard of him, and I was not alone. I realized that Fritz Ascher is part of a rather large and distinguished group of artists, whose careers were interrupted or destroyed, and who themselves were persecuted, ostracized and banned by the Nazi terror regime. After 1945 many of these highly accomplished artists did not get publicly acknowledged either.

At its core, the Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art, Inc. researches and presents the artistic legacy of Fritz Ascher, one of these forgotten artists. The emotional immediacy, intensity and authenticity of Fritz Ascher’s work insures its relevance for today’s viewers. We are creating a catalogue raisonné of Fritz Ascher's paintings and works on paper that will be published digitally.

The Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art, Inc. also aims to re-discover other such forgotten artists, and introduce their unique artistic voices to a larger public. We strive to put these artists in their historical context, the context of European art and art at large through international research initiatives and collaborations with institutions on exhibitions as well as print and digital publications. With our work, we hope to contribute to an increasingly complex picture of the artistic energy in pre- and post-Nazi Germany, and to initiate an active dialogue with the contemporary viewer about individuality and artistic integrity in response to conditions of extreme duress and to political tyranny.

Rachel Stern, Founding Director and CEO



Rachel Stern

Founding Director and CEO

Born and educated in Germany, Rachel Stern worked for ten years in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She has also independently organized numerous art exhibitions, and has written extensively about art. Stern is a graduate of Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen. She is a 2002 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and currently is a member of the College Art Association, The Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association, and the Foreign Press Association. She resides in New York.

Ori Z. Soltes

Founding Director

Ori Z. Soltes is a former Director of the B’nai B’rit Klutznick National Jewish Museum Museum in Washington, D.C. and has extensive experience in developing and executing exhibition concepts. He is Professor of Theology, History and Art History at Georgetown University and since 1997 he is a Founding Director of the Holocaust Art Restitution Project (HARP). He resides in Washington, D.C.

Steve Orlikoff

Founding Director

Steve Orlikoff is an international lawyer specializing in the Middle East and Africa. Orlikoff is a graduate of The University of Southern California, Cum Laude, and California Western School of Law. His many accomplishments include Honorary Consul to the Ivory Coast, and restoring and donating a Tunisian Synagogue to the Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum in Phoenix Arizona. Orlikoff is a member of the State Bar of New York, Texas, and the United States Supreme Court. He resides in New York City and the UAE.



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