POST-WITNESS HOLOCAUST ART
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Bruce Gendelman is an American artist who was raised in the generation of post-war children, absorbing the whispers and prayers of his parents and grandparents about family members lost, the birth of the State of Israel, and the hope for a strong Jewish people. His father, Max, was an American GI in the Battle of the Bulge, who survived by escaping from three German POW Camps, and becoming lifelong friends with a deserter from the German Luftwaffe.
The artist began a large-scale body of work on the Holocaust after traveling to Poland and Ukraine to witness sites of Holocaust atrocities.
His great grandparents, great aunts, countless ancestors, the men, woman, and children who became ash in the sky, or were shot in pits, and/or were forced into slave labor, who were starved, ridiculed, stolen from, and treated like barnyard animals, weigh heavily on his thoughts.
He paints to pay respect to those people who were murdered by Nazis two generations ago. He paints for himself. He paints as a memorial. He paints to convey a message about humanity to those who have not learned the lessons of history and those trapped by the ideologies of various systems of thought and power.
He yearns for a better world.