Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter
The touching, haunting paintings by Samuel Bak, inspired by the little boy from the famous Stroop Report photo taken in the Warsaw Ghetto in April 1943, are now available in a book published by Syracuse University Press. Along with the images, Danna Nolan Fewell and Gary A. Phillips consider the historical and visual implications of this iconic image and its contemporary evocations. The book, Icon of Loss: The Haunting Child of Samuel Bak, is now available.
A survivor of the Vilna liquidation and a child prodigy whose first exhibition was held in the Vilna Ghetto at age nine, Bak weaves together personal history and Jewish history to articulate an iconography of his Holocaust experience. Bak’s art preserves memory of the twentieth-century ruination of Jewish life and culture by way of an artistic passion and precision that stubbornly announces the creativity of the human spirit.
To view images from the book, please visit Pucker Art Publications.
Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Naomi is the executive director of Jewish Book Council. She graduated from Emory University with degrees in English and Art History and, in addition, studied at University College London. Prior to her role as executive director, Naomi served as the founding editor of the JBC website and blog and managing editor of Jewish Book World. In addition, she has overseen JBC’s digital initiatives, and also developed the JBC’s Visiting Scribe series and Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation.