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Nov 1, 2021

FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter November 2021

2022-01-09T15:47:45-05:00November 1st, 2021|Newsletter|Comments Off on FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter November 2021

Dear Friends, This month, we continue our Zoom discussions featuring Anni Albers, Arthur Szyk and Lily Renee: Wednesday, November 3, 12:00pm EDT: From Sea to Shining Sea: Anni Albers in America (1899–1994) Join us for a conversation about Anni Albers’ art and career, featuring Laura Muir, Associate Director of Academic and Public Programs and the Louis Miller Thayer Research Curator at the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge MA and Ori Z Soltes, PhD, Teaching Professor at Georgetown University, Washington DC., moderated by Rachel Stern, Director and CEO of the Fritz Ascher Society in New York. ZOOM REGISTRATION LINK Anni Albers, Preliminary Design for Wall Hanging, 1926. Gouache and pencil on paper; [...]

Oct 12, 2021

FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter October 2021

2021-11-28T14:47:24-05:00October 12th, 2021|Newsletter|Comments Off on FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter October 2021

Dear Friends, During the first half of the 20th century, the numbers of people migrating were second only to today. What do we know about their experiences? How do artists, with their particular set of sensibilities respond to their own migration?  Today, we are proud to announce the virtual project “Identity, Art and Migration” which investigates US immigration of European refugees during the first half of the 20th century through the lens of seven artist case studies: Anni Albers, Friedel Dzubas, Eva Hesse, Rudi Lesser, Lily Renée, Arthur Szyk and Fritz Ascher.  In the upcoming weeks, we discuss the seven artists featured in this project, and introduce and discuss interdisciplinary scholarship about “Identity” and “Migration” in two [...]

Aug 26, 2021

FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter August 2021

2021-09-14T14:51:17-04:00August 26th, 2021|Newsletter|Comments Off on FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter August 2021

Dear Friends, As the Jewish year comes to a close, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your interest in our work, and for your support. We are grateful to each one of you for being part of our community.  So now we need your help. Please support our work with a donation. For specific sponsorship opportunities please contact me directly at stern@fritzaschersociety.org.  DONATE HERE With your donation, you will make sure that artists, whose voice Hitler tried to erase, are acknowledged and remembered. Their artwork is thought about and discussed in its historical context. You’ll help educate about the Holocaust, raise the sensitivity towards contemporary challenges and empower [...]

Jul 6, 2021

FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter July 2021

2021-09-14T07:20:52-04:00July 6th, 2021|Newsletter|Comments Off on FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter July 2021

Dear Friends, We invite you to join us TOMORROW: Wednesday, July 7 at 12:00pm EST “Becoming Gustav Metzger: Uncovering the Early Years (1945-1959)”  Featuring Nicola Baird Curator at Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, London (UK) Moderator Rachel Stern Director and CEO, The Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art ZOOM REGISTRATION Gustav Metzger, Antwerp Model, 1949; Oil on canvas. Courtesy of The Gustav Metzger Foundation, image copyright Justin Piperger. Born in Germany to Polish-Jewish orthodox parents in 1926, Gustav Metzger (1926-2017) was one of 10,000 Jewish children evacuated in 1939 to London as part of the Kindertransport. His parents, eldest brother, and maternal grandparents, all perished in [...]

May 21, 2021

FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter May 2021

2021-09-14T06:47:39-04:00May 21st, 2021|Newsletter|Comments Off on FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter May 2021

Dear Friends, We invite you to join us for a POST SCREENING DISCUSSION Wednesday, May 26 at 12:00pm EST “Undying Love. Stories of Romance, Marriage and Rebirth in Displaced Persons’ Camps”  Featuring Helene Klodawsky, Film Director (Canada) and Sabine Rollberg, Expert of Documentary Film (Germany) Moderator Rachel Stern ZOOM REGISTRATION IMAGE: Detail of “Undying Love” Film Poster, 2002 “Undying Love” tells the poignant, enduring, and miraculous love stories of the survivors of World War II. Against the brutalized landscape of post-war Europe, this film focuses on how survivors struggled to reconstruct personal identities and forge intimate relationships. Using searing testimonies, poetic dramatizations, archives and images of romantic love from [...]

Apr 25, 2021

FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter April 2021

2021-04-25T07:16:48-04:00April 25th, 2021|Newsletter|Comments Off on FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter April 2021

Dear Friends, Spring, finally! And vaccinations, finally! And yes: we are starting to prepare in-person events and exhibitions! For now, we are all about virtual events, though: The life experience and art of Hungarian born Holocaust survivor Alice Lok Cahana and Indian born Siona Benjamin could not be more different. Join us on Wednesday, April 28 at 5:00 pm EST for “Worlds Apart: Antithetical Jewish Experiences in the Twentieth Century,” when Dr. Meital Orr discusses two recent book publications with author and FAS board member Dr. Ori Z Soltes. Organized by the Center for Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University, the event features our book “Immortality, Memory, Creativity, and Survival: The Arts of Alice Lok Cahana, Ronnie [...]

Mar 31, 2021

FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter March 2021

2021-03-31T18:24:40-04:00March 31st, 2021|Newsletter|Comments Off on FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter March 2021

Dear Friends, What a surprise: The Arolsen Archives own a copy of a name list of Jews released from the concentration camp Sachsenhausen on December 23, 1938 with Fritz Ascher's name! Copy of Doc. No. 4094051#1 in conformity with Arolsen Archives Name List of Jews Released from the Concentration Camp Sachsenhausen on December 23, 1938 I am overwhelmed by your interest in our crowdsourcing initiative “everynamecounts,” in which we are partnering with the Arolsen Archives to help build the largest digital memorial to the victims of Nazism. On our designated project page, you can watch the recording of our Zoom event with Floriane Azoulay (Director) and Giora Zwilling (Deputy Head [...]

Mar 7, 2021

Wednesday, March 10 at 12:00pm ET

2021-03-07T19:20:48-05:00March 7th, 2021|Newsletter|Comments Off on Wednesday, March 10 at 12:00pm ET

Dear Friends, We now are embarking on an exciting new project, which is only successful with everyone’s help: starting Wednesday, March 10 we are partnering with the Arolsen Archives to help build the largest digital memorial to the victims of Nazism. And we actually are the first US organization to partner to do so. We invite you to join us on Wednesday, March 10 at 12:00pm ET for the Zoom event “Building the Largest Digital Memorial to the Victims of Nazism: The Arolsen Archives” to hear Floriane Azoulay (Director) and Giora Zwilling (Deputy Head of Archives) from the Arolsen Archives speak about the importance of the documents at Arolsen Archives for Holocaust research, and the role [...]

Feb 25, 2021

FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter February 2021

2021-02-25T20:35:24-05:00February 25th, 2021|Newsletter|Comments Off on FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter February 2021

Dear Friends, Did you ever wonder who created the large Menorah that is standing in front of the Knesset in Jerusalem? We’ll bring the story to your screen, on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at 12:00pm US ET! Christian Walda (Dortmund, Germany) will speak about “Becoming Jewish: The Sculptor Benno Elkan (1877-1960),” followed by focused presentations by Wolfgang E. Weick (Dortmund) and Ori Z. Soltes (Washington DC). Please register for this Zoom event HERE. Benno Elkan, Menorah, 1956. Knesset, Jerusalem The oeuvre of the German born sculptor was largely made up of commissions. In the beginning, he mainly created tombs. Medals, portrait busts of well-known personalities, monuments to victims and [...]

Jan 10, 2021

FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter January 2021

2021-02-24T05:46:01-05:00January 10th, 2021|Newsletter|Comments Off on FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter January 2021

Dear Friends, Please join us, the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the German Consulate General in New York TOMORROW, January 19 at 2:00pm ET for a stirring performance of Carolyn Enger’s Mischlinge Exposé, which will be live streamed from Edmond J. Safra Hall. The performance will be followed by a discussion. Registration link for the livestream HERE. Carolyn Enger is a pianist based in the greater New York City area, with roots reaching back to Breslau, now Wroclaw, Poland. Her “Mischlinge Exposé” brings to light the stories of Mischlinge—a derogatory term used by the Nazis to describe people with both Jewish and Aryan ancestry—like her father and godmother, interwoven [...]

Jan 1, 2021

FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY New Year Newsletter

2021-02-24T05:44:07-05:00January 1st, 2021|Newsletter|Comments Off on FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY New Year Newsletter

Dear Friends, Thank You For Your Support! When our exhibitions were prematurely closed, we created virtual spaces to get together for lectures and discussions, digital projects and conferences. Thanks to your support, our community grew globally.  But this past year has been financially hard for us. If you can, please consider a tax deductible DONATION (https://fritzaschersociety.org/donate/) to the Fritz Ascher Society. The mailing of our new book publication has started. If you are interested in details about ordering a copy, please email fritzaschersociety@gmail.com. (Sorry, US and Canada only) We are very excited about this interdisciplinary volume, which explores the painting of Alice Lok Cahana, a survivor of three [...]

Dec 16, 2020

FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter Year End 2020

2020-12-16T12:52:26-05:00December 16th, 2020|Newsletter|Comments Off on FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter Year End 2020

Dear Friends, I HAVE to let you know before 2020 ends: The book is out! We are very excited about this interdisciplinary volume, which explores the painting of Alice Lok Cahana, a survivor of three Holocaust concentration camps; the poetry of her son, Ronnie Cahana; and the photography and award-winning filmmaking of her granddaughter, Kitra Cahana. It places that layered narrative within the context of art, the biology of memory, and the physiological and psychological question of how both creativity and intense trauma can be transmitted from one generation to the next. The book is generously sponsored by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New [...]

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