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Sarah What is all That Smoke?

#28, Auschwitz Album Revisited Oil Painting by Dr. Pat Mercer Hutchens   Jews were pushed and shoved from the ghetto to boarding/disembarking the trains, then through selection by gender, age and health. These two gentle, delicate ladies with fur coats and salon hair styles appear to be city women from a high station in life,…

Rabbi Leib Weiss from Tacovo

#7, Auschwitz Album Revisited Oil Painting by Dr. Pat Mercer Hutchens   For a period of time, Jews in Hungary were better off than in some countries, but German high leadership invaded Hungary on March 19, 1944 and the annihilation of Hungarian Jewry came about almost immediately. Hitler’s own words were that “the Jewish parasites…

Narcissus

#34, Artistic Interpretation Oil Painting by Dr. Pat Mercer Hutchens   The beautiful Spring flower got its name from the Greek word, narke, meaning numbness or stupor and a Greek myth. The myth is about Echo, a woodland nymph who could not verbalize her love for Narcissus. Still she waited endlessly for him to love…

My God is Able to Deliver Me, But Even if He Does Not…

#8, Auschwitz Album Revisited Oil Painting by Dr. Pat Mercer Hutchens   When Lili Jacobs accidentally discovered the Auschwitz Album at the close of WWII, the very first person she saw when she looked inside was Rabbi Naftali Zvi Weiss, the chief rabbi of Bilke, her Rabbi from her home town. He is the man…

Mother and Children Ready for Shabbat

#21, Auschwitz Album Revisited Oil Painting by Dr. Pat Mercer Hutchens   So many of the moms appear to have some hope that what has carried them though in normal life will surely be sufficient here. The mother in the front appears to be moving out with her children, and two beautiful round loves of…

Moshe Waiting for Zyklon B

#18, Auschwitz Album Revisited Oil Painting by Dr. Pat Mercer Hutchens   Moshe Leib Pinkas of Maramaros Jews selected as “fit to work” were taken from families, given meager-bread rations and weak soup, then forced into back breaking work until they died. They sorted clothes and belongings of family and friends hauled from Hungary. One…

Mengele’s “Children”

#30, Artistic Interpretation, not in album Oil Painting by Dr. Pat Mercer Hutchens   Dr. Yosef Mengele, a small pistol packing geneticist referred to as “Angel of Death,” volunteered for Auschwitz. Known for hellish experimentation’s on twins (about 3,000), he injected chemicals in eyes to try to change color, performed surgeries without anesthesia, injected with…

Little Pink Rose of Hungary

#2, Auschwitz Album Revisited Oil Painting by Dr. Pat Mercer Hutchens   I was so struck, smitten by this beautiful baby girl. She represents the myriad of babies and small children murdered immediately upon arriving at Auschwitz. Here she hangs her arm peacefully over her mother’s back while being held close, safe and warm at…

Like Sheep Before Their Shearers

#24, Auschwitz Album Revisited Oil Painting by Dr. Pat Mercer Hutchens   Here was the Nazi process: round up Jews all over Europe, herd them into ghettos, round them up again and stuff them into cattle cars, take them on the long trip to Auschwitz (many died on the train), divide them by male and…

Lama Li, Emma? (Why Me Mommy?)

#14, Auschwitz Album Revisited Oil Painting by Dr. Pat Mercer Hutchens   The full statistics of how many little ones perished in the Holocaust is impossible to calculate, but it has been estimated that 1.5 million were murdered. That would include those who died from starvation, exposure, lack of adequate clothing and shelter, those who…

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