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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 13, 2010 / 29 Nissan 5770

Arthur Szyk: The Glorious Illuminator

By Richard Z. Chesnoff





http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | He was a master of political art, a brilliant draftsman/artist whose evocative works had all the power of Goya's "The Execution" and Picasso's "Guernica." Above all he was the 20th century reviver of the medieval craft of the miniaturists and illuminators of sacred texts, a multi-patriot who devoted his enormous talents to the struggle for freedom and against political evil, an artist who so forcefully depicted the battle to defeat the Nazis and their Axis allies, that Eleanor Roosevelt declared him a "one man army against Hitler."

He was Arthur Szyk (pronounced Shick), the Polish born American-Jewish artist whose unique and exquisitely detailed miniatures and pen and ink cartoons (including some never before seen sketches and studies) go on exhibit April 13th - April 25th at the Broome Street Gallery,498 Broome St, NY, NY, . Open free to the public,and with a gala opening featuring Szyk's daughter, the exhibit will include two lectures on Szyk's work on April 18th and 20th by Irvin Ungar, of the Arthur Szyk Society .

Born in Lodz in 1894, Szyk was a both a Polish nationalist and a fervent Zionist Jew. He was expelled from high school for drawing anti-czarist cartoons and later volunteered to fight as a guerrilla during the Polish-Bolshevik War in 1921. He went on to devote many of his works to the rebirth of Poland. Forced to leave Europe in 1939, he immigrated to America where his virulent anti-axis drawings and political caricatures soon began appearing on the covers of Colliers, Time and Esquire, and in the NY Post and publications around the country. He was a particular favorite of GIs who sometimes pinned his biting anti-facist drawings alongside photos of their favorite movie stars.

Szyk was also among the first political cartoonists to attack racism and the harsh inequities then facing American blacks. But he was also entranced by the hope that America represented to him. Some of his finest illuminations were devoted to The Bill of Rights, The Declaration of Independence and detailed portraits of heroes such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, some of which are now in the collection of the Library of Congress in Washington.

Still it it was the fate of his own Jewish people that drew much of Szyk's attention during and after World War II: the sufferings of the Jews under Nazi occupation, the heroic resistance in the ghettos, and above all the rebirth of the Jewish state,. His illuminations of sacred texts include his crowning glory masterpiece: Passover Hagaddah (1956), an edition of which was produced on vellum and which the Times Literary Supplement declared "worthy to be placed among the most beautiful of books that the hand of man has ever produced."

Sadly this courageous artist of democracy died prematurely in 1951 at his home in New Canaan, Connecticut - shortly after he, like so many other defenders of democracy, became a target of Sen. Joseph McCarthy.

Thanks in large measure to the efforts of Irvin Ungar of California's Arthur Szyk Society, his work has captured new attention in recent years, including a seminal exhibit at Berlin's Deutsches Historisches Museum in 2008-2009 as well as one at Washington's Holocaust Memorial Museum. The upcoming Broome Street Gallery exhibit should help Szyk reach an even a wider audience. But the great illuminator is more than worthy of a major retrospective of his works in New York at MOMA and/or The Jewish Museum. The time has come!

"Arthur Szyk: Methods of a Master Illuminator"
Exhibition and all events are free and open to the public.
April 13-25, 2010
Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00AM - 6:00PM
Broome Street Gallery
498 Broome St, NY, NY
Tel 212-226 6085

The Arthur Szyk Society
www.szyk.org

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JWR contributor and veteran journalist Richard Z. Chesnoff was Senior Correspondent at US News & World Report, and is now a columnist at the NY Daily News and the Huffington Post. A two-time winner of the Overseas Press Club Award and a recipient of the National Press Club Award, he was formerly executive editor of Newsweek International. The paperback edition of his critically acclaimed book, "Pack of Thieves: How Hitler & Europe Plundered the Jews & Committed the Greatest Theft in History" is now on sale. (Click on cover above to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.

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