Arthur Szyk: A Jewish-American soldier in art

Szyk evokes hope for his people in a powerful fashion.

November 21, 2017 21:20
Szyk’s ‘Anti-Christ’ portrayal of Hitler as the embodiment of evil: his eyes reflect human skulls, h

Szyk’s ‘Anti-Christ’ portrayal of Hitler as the embodiment of evil: his eyes reflect human skulls, his black hair the Latin words, ‘Vae Victis’ (woe to the vanquished). (photo credit: FINE ART PRINT)


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AS A young boy in Atlanta, Georgia, in the late 1940s, I won a Hebrew school speed-reading contest. My prize was a copy of the book, “Pathways Through the Bible,” which featured illustrations by Arthur Szyk.

At the time, I had no idea who Szyk was, and the book gathered dust on a shelf.


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