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Holocaust Remembrance Day

Saturday, April 30 at sunset, according to the Jewish calendar was the beginning of the observation of 2011 Holocaust Remembrance Day, while officially on Sunday, May 1, it was observed by all others. In light of this somber reflection I wish to share a painting I completed in May 2008 in response to the ‘German Question’ and my thoughts about the Holocaust.

Remembrance, May 2008
MM/C 24 x 24” inches

During the process of this painting it was first known as “The German Question,” upon the completion the painting was named “Remembrance.” Briefly I had considered “Absence of History,” a title my son had suggested and a title I am reserving for another canvas.

Please light a candle in honor of Remembrance Day
The next Holocaust Remembrance Day will begin at sunset on April 18, 2012 for the Jewish people and observed by others on Thursday, April 19.



Angel + 6 Garden Cottage Cats said...

Truely something to be Remembered, lest we be Condemned to repeat it ~
Blessings ~ Angel

Angel + 6 Garden Cottage Cats said...

We thinkz your painting iz quite interesting,,, iz dat real barbed wire ??? It lookz very textural.
Dad beanz parentz were in da labor campz....
Your Dad iz a very talented artist ^..^ Purrz to you & your Dad ~

Katnip Lounge said...

The painting has a lot of "oomph" factor, even small on the screen. I imagine in person it is really affecting. I hesitate to say I like it, as that's not the right word, but it is haunting.

Miss Kitty said...

Greetings Angel,

Thank you for visiting and leaving two comments.
Your words certainly have a ring of truth to it, sadly I fear have still much work ahead of us.

In regards to your question, yes it is real barbwire as is the charcoal wood and the three stones I had place upon.

The creation of this painting was indeed a cathartic journey for the psyche.

I have since updated my post to include a link to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - frequently asked questions, so that we all can learn more about Remembrance Day that runs all week.

Warmest regards,
Ms K and Egmont

Miss Kitty said...

Greetings dear Trish,

I feel I have fallen behind as I still have not addressed your previous comment on my other post but I will catch up. This post on Remembrance Day came as a complete surprise as I only learned about late last night. Anyway, thank you so much for dropping in once again and leaving a comment.

I know what you mean it is a subject matter that one does not know what are the right words. Yet 'haunting' is perfect for that is what I wish to express, apart from a few other words.

I am glad you appreciated the painting.

Since your visit I have updated the blog with a link to assist someone in learning more about this day, which also last a full week.

Warmest regards,
Miss Kitty and Egmont

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

thank you deeply for acknowledging this special day to Jews all over the world.
Your painting was beautiful

Miss Kitty said...

Greetings Caren and Cody,

Thank you for checking and and letting us know you support todays post, a subject matter not easily discussed for most.

Though the painting was done in 2008 it was never made public on any of my blogs until today. There have been also plans since 2008 for another one of the same size, including a vey large canvas dealing with Remembrance and the Holocaust.

When it feel right, I will paint it.

Warmest regards,
Ms K and E

Alex aus dem Gwundergarten said...

Hallo Miss Kitty
Das Bild haut einem einfach um. Gewaltig!
Ich finde es gut, dass man sich immer wieder daran erinnert... leider hilft es trotzdem nicht, dass sich sowas nie mehr wiederholt, dazu gibt es einfach zu viele Idioten auf dieser Welt. Was bleibt ist die Hoffnung, dass der Mensch irgendwann lernt nicht mehr so Machtgeil zu sein, andere Meinungen gelten zu lassen und sich und anderen das Leben leben zu lassen. Naja, es gäbe noch viel zu sagen, aber das würde hier zu weit führen. Gib der wunderbaren Miss Kitty einen tüchtigen Knuddler von mir.
Liebe Grüsse

meowmeowmans said...

Dear Miss Kitty and Dad Egmont,

We hope you are doing well.

Your painting evokes many emotions, and your post was so thoughtful and moving. May we never forget...

Gaby Bee said...

I'm way behind on commenting ... please do not take it personally.

Your "Remembrance" piece is really unique, Egmont, by using barbwire, charcoal wood and stones, you've captured the Holocaust perfect. For me, that is.
I agree with Angel, the awful genocide of the Jews, is truely something to be remembered.
Thanks for this post, Egmont!

Luzia said...

Lieber Egmont, Liebe Miss Kitty, es ist ein sehr ergreifendes Bild geworden, das da in 2008 entstanden ist! Es drückt durch seine Materialwahl sehr viel von der Härte und Schmerzlickkeit des ganzen Dramas der Judenverfolgung aus. Ich bin schon sehr gespannt auf weitere Werke von Daddy!!! Bitte entschuldigt, dass ich mich so selten melde, aber ich hatte wirklich sehr viel zu tun in letzter Zeit. Viele liebe Grüße von Luzia.

meowmeowmans said...

Hello Miss Kitty and Dad Egmont,

How are you, dear friends? We are stopping by to say hello, and hope things are well with you. We miss you. :)

Toyin O. said...

That is a lovely piece, thanks for sharing.

Marlynn said...

Moving, soulful, spiritual, all coming through your creation. An honor to souls who had to endure the horror of that event.

lupie said...

Lovely painting, looks 3D! :)

Hugs to Ms. Kitty!