In December 2020, The Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized, and Banned Art published
Immortality, Memory, Creativity, and Survival: The Arts of Alice Lok Cahana, Ronnie Cahana and Kitra Cahana.

Starting with the Holocaust survivor Alice Lok Cahana, the book investigates three generations of the Cahana family and their art in the context of biological and psychological research, which allows a deep understanding of how trauma and especially the Holocaust experience is remembered. This interdisciplinary publication offers an important contribution to the fields of Holocaust studies, art history, history, psychology, and biology.
The publication is edited by Ori Z Soltes. With contributions by Eva Fogelman, Natan P.F. Kellermann and Larry R. Squire.

Generously sponsored by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York.

Please click the book cover above to see a PDF of the publication.

First reactions:

I just read the book “Immortality, Memory, Creativity, and Survival.” It is magnificent, moving, haunting, encompassing and so very beautiful. It does honor to your entire family and offers a visual and poetic legacy. It is a work that I will cherish and read again.

Michael Berenbaum, Scholar, Professor, Rabbi

I so enjoyed the webinars … the introduction to transgenerational transmission of trauma and your family’s huge contribution!  But seeing the book, the art, poetry and photography… and the personal commentary and family photos was beyond moving and inspirational!!
Alice’s art is incredibly haunting, moving, uplifting and so so significant!! Your poetry, Rabbi Cahana, is lyrical, poignant, sensitive, magical and deeply touches the spirit and soul! Kitra’s photography captures the essence of humanity, its beauty, fragility, strength and endless capacity to overcome with love! Karen, your beautiful descriptions of meeting this gazellelike man and then, we know, becoming the quiet force beneath the wings of this incredible family is magnificent. It’s a book that I will go back to over and over again.  

Joyce Gampel, Psychotherapist

“Immortality, Memory, Creativity and Survival” arrived a few days ago.  It’s a marvel, everything a book should be.  Full of delight and pain, it tries to (and does so successfully) make the experience of reading a miracle of human endeavour.
I have picked it up, looked at random pages, over and over. It’s there for endless hours of skimming (sometimes) and scrutiny (often). 

Roslyn Pinker, Former School Principal

Lecture Recordings

All recorded lectures are available on the FAS YouTube page

“Memory, Empathy and Image:
The Art of Luise Schröder (Germany) and Kitra Cahana (Canada)”
September 13, 2021

“Alice Lok Cahana – Beyond ‘The Last Days’: Familial Continuity, Creativity, and Immortality”
With Michael Berenbaum, Michael Z Cahana, Ken Lipper, Ori Z Soltes
June 10, 2021

“Trauma, Memory and Art”
An interdisciplinary virtual conference
with Ori Z. Soltes, Larry R. Squire,
Natan P.F. Kellermann and Eva Fogelman
Moderated by Rachel Stern
November 9, 2020

“Immortality, Memory, Creativity, and Survival:
The Arts of Alice Lok Cahana,
Ronnie Cahana, and Kitra Cahana”
Lecture by Ori Z Soltes, Washington DC
November 18, 2020

“Legacy and Creativity:
The Filmmaking and
Photography of Kitra Cahana”
Kitra Cahana in conversation with Ori Z Soltes
November 25, 2020

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