Thursday, March 01, 2012| Permalink
Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter
Each of the following books focus on a journey. They represent both physical and spiritual journeys and geographically span the globe. These books take us from the haunting images of concentration camps, to a family's bicycle adventure across the country, to Rabbi Nachman's gravesite in Uman, to Debra Spark's stories that blur the line between reality and fiction, the real and the surreal. As we approach Passover next month, and retell the biblical journey of the Jewish people from slavery, it's fitting that these contemporary works remind us to continue the journey to understand our own Jewishness, where we come from and where we're going, the importance of retelling the stories of the past, and to never stop asking questions.
Fragments: Architecture of the Holocaust: An Artist's Journey Through the Camps
, Karl Koenig and Kathleen V. Jameson (January 2012, Fresco Fine Art Publications)
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Through a series of photographs of concentration camps, Karl explores narrative and visual dissonances in order to highlight the inexplicability of the Holocaust itself.