In an art contest run by the Fritz Ascher Society that included over 60 Jewish and non-Jewish students from all over the country, SKA sophomore Batya Wolff won first place, SKA freshman Eliana Weiss won third place, and SKA freshman Dena Lauber won honorable mention. Fritz Ascher was a German Jewish painter who escaped a concentration camp and survived the war by hiding in Berlin. The society asked for submissions that reacted to his life.
These winning works of art, in addition to the other seven pieces submitted by SKA students, are the result of a new addition to the school’s art curriculum. In an effort to encourage girls to gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust through visual expression, Suzy Libin, art department chair, added Holocaust Studies to the art syllabus. Through materials she received from Yad Vashem, and the rich discussions that ensued, students were well-equipped to produce such high-quality Holocaust art.
Following the artwork’s display at the German Academy, SKA was proud to line its hallways with the students’ drawings and paintings as part of the Yom HaShoah programming that also included a moving video, presentations by survivors Rachel Heilbrun and Bernie Igielski, readings from the student Holocaust journal, and a candle-lighting ceremony