Paintings and drawings by Holocaust victims will be put on display in an eastern German museum in a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Israel's Yad Vashem, the director of Dresden's art collection said Thursday.
The art created under conditions of extreme suffering, often in the face of imminent death, in concentration camps, ghettos, or during flight, will be paired with older works from the Dresden State Art Collection, director Martin Roth said.
"It's about the dialogue between our collection of traditional art, mirroring European cultural and intellectual history, and an art that was inspired by this tradition, and shaped by the reign of barbarism," Roth said.
Many of the artists whose paintings and drawings will be displayed did not survive the Holocaust. Roth said he hoped the exhibit would underline the significance of holding onto art in the face of death, terror and inhumanity.