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Ha Motzel Lechem

#22, Auschwitz Album Revisited Oil Painting by Dr. Pat Mercer Hutchens   Imagine whole families being dragged at gunpoint from their homes, marked with yellow stars, herded into a train, and only to arrive at the killing fields of Auschwitz. In large canvas-like bags hanging heavy from their shoulders, were probably some pictures and a…

Four of 12,000 Gassed Today

#16, Auschwitz Album Revisited Oil Painting by Dr. Pat Mercer Hutchens   It is impossible to estimate the numbers killed in WWII by the Nazis. Commandant Rudolph Hoess at his trial said 2 ½ Million Jews were killed at Auschwitz and half a million died “naturally.” This number has been estimated differently, but the number…

Woman in Black

#20, Auschwitz Album Revisited Oil Painting by Dr. Pat Mercer Hutchens (Kreindel Vogel) Many of these precious victims no doubt tried to be positive and keep on believing something good or someone would eventually come and save them. Most could not even grasp the degree of The Evil confronting them and thereby continued to go…

We Were Soldiers Once, and Young

#4, Auschwitz Album Revisited Oil Painting by Dr. Pat Mercer Hutchens (Sril Israel and Zeleg Jacobs) These two handsome young teenagers were the siblings of Lili Jacobs, a woman who survived Auschwitz. After the liberation of the camp, Lili was trying to find a warm coat when she found the Auschwitz Album, a small book…

The Righteous Perish and No One Noticed

26, Auschwitz Album Revisited Oil Painting by Dr. Pat Mercer Hutchens   Auschwitz, The German name replacing the Polish town Oswiecim, was a network of concentration and extermination camps built and operated in occupied Poland, annexed by the Nazis during WWII. The largest camp consisted of Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II- Birkenau, and Auschwitz III, Monowitz….

The Fire Pitts of ’44

#10, Auschwitz Album Revisited Oil Painting by Dr. Pat Mercer Hutchens   The numbers of Jews brought from Hungary to Auschwitz in 1944 were larger than usual. Adolf Eichmann, born into a middle class Lutheran family, had already investigated in 1935 the possibility of a “solution to the Jewish question.” Mastermind organizer of the Holocaust,…

Stay Close to Your Elder Brother

#25, Auschwitz Album Revisited Oil Painting by Dr. Pat Mercer Hutchens   These children are in a long line of special needs children. They did not realize they were being sent immediately from the train to the gas chambers. The small boys on the left and right are lead along by the older brother. Small…

Sophie’s Choice

#3, Auschwitz Album Revisited Oil Painting by Dr. Pat Mercer Hutchens   A mother stands in the “not fit for work” line with her little girl and young boy. The pale, frightened girl munches on a piece of bread. The young bow cowers and looks down. If someone, even a child, looked in the eyes…

Slaughter of the Innocents

#1, Auschwitz Album Revisited Oil Painting by Dr. Pat Mercer Hutchens   A young mother, frightfully looking to her right side, sits with her precious baby girl in her lap. Innocently, her little boy, sits by her side. They have already been ‘selected’ by the Nazi SS for the ‘not fit for work’ line; thus,…

Sitting Shiva

#17, Auschwitz Album Revisited Oil Painting by Dr. Pat Mercer Hutchens From left: Abraham and Sheindele Jacobs, paternal grandparents of Lilli Jacobs. Gentleman with star of David still unidentified Sitting Shiva refers to seven days (shavua) of mourning after a close relative passes. It is a time to honor the dead and help a person…

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