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Presented by Leo Baeck Institute, New York | Berlin

Samson Schames and The Art of Exile

Thursday, April 29, 2021 2 PM Online
Samson Schames (1898–1967); “The Gate, Internment camp at Huyton, near Liverpool”; 1940s; pencil and watercolor on paper; 56 x 37 cm; Leo Baeck Institute Art Collection, 78.1688.
German-Jewish painter Samson Schames represents a generation of artists who were forced to leave their homes due to Nazi persecution, demonstrating perseverance and resilience in their newly adopted lands. During his internment in a camp near Liverpool and later during the aerial bombardment of London by Nazi Germany, Schames continued to create art using improvised materials. Out of the rubble, he produced works of great power that captured the pain and suffering around him. Using Schames’s life story and examples of his work, Annika Friedman (Jewish Museum Frankfurt) and Miriam Bistrovic (Leo Baeck Institute, Berlin) provide a window into the history of exiled artists during the Nazi period and the impact of exile on their art.

Part of: Voices of Hope

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Annika Friedman
Miriam Bistrovic
William Weitzer, Moderator

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