Our Mission 

The Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art (FAS) researches, discusses, publishes and exhibits artists whose life and work were affected by the German Nazi regime between 1933 and 1945. With our work we introduce their artistic achievements to a broad audience and initiate an active dialogue about individuality and artistic integrity in response to conditions of extreme duress and to political tyranny.

FAS furthers the understanding of the history of the 20th century and the Holocaust by introducing untold stories of artists persecuted for their personal or communal identity by the German Nazi regime. We create innovative virtual programs for our global audience, and exhibitions, book publications and public programs that feature their art and put it into a larger cultural and interdisciplinary context. Collaborations with internationally renown scholars, institutions and organizations ensure the high academic standard of our projects.

FAS’ projects allow diverse audiences to discuss highly relevant topics in an environment that surpasses ethnic, cultural and religious differences.

The Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art acknowledges and respects the traditional territories that we are grateful to inhabit. We are honored to assemble on the ancestral homelands of the Lenape in Manhattan. We are committed to continue their legacy of preserving the environmental integrity of this remarkable place and cultivating sustainable land use practices.