The HDEC will be presenting the works of local artist Mark L. Cohen from August 4 – October 4, 2019
Mark Cohen is a painter, printmaker and teacher. His subject matter comes from contemporary and past iconic figures from all walks of life, including politics, popular culture, war and peace and injustice, wherever it occurs.
One of the subjects examined by Mr. Cohen is Amon Goeth, the commandant of the Plaszow Concentration Camp, featured in Steven Spielberg’s film, Schindler’s List.
The Plaszow Concentration Camp was both a labor and concentration camp. Study of Amon Goeth spurred the artist to create a series of paintings about three generations of women associated with Goeth; his mistress, Ruth Ann Kalder, daughter, Monika Hertwig and granddaughter, Jennifer Teegue. These people were not dealt with in the movie, Schindler’s list.
The paintings and drawings also include the Krakow Ghetto and Plaszow train station images. Many of the works illustrate how Goeth and his family saw the murder of thousands of Jews, literally in their own backyard, as ordinary everyday events, while they lived a privileged life, including the finest food, wine, clothing and lodging.
In these paintings and drawings, viewers can see issues of anti-Semitism, genocide and the psychological effects on the women closest to Goeth. These works are another form of documentation of the Holocaust.
Almost 75 years after the Holocaust, we still live in a world of not only continuing anti-Semitism, but hateful biases that result in genocides and senseless killings around the world.
General Admission $10
Student Admission $5
Holocaust Survivors, Liberators and their Spouses are admitted free of charge.
Phone: 954-929-5690 x 304