- Bertman, Sandra
- Date of entry: Jul-19-2009
- Last revised: Jul-18-2009
A tightly walled cube-shaped block of buildings seemingly made of child’s building blocks looms in the midst of a barren foreground of stony rubble and a background of hazy nondescript sky. No sign of life, human or vegetation, anywhere. Entirely in shades of muted yellow, orange, ochre and brown, coloring suggestive of a crematorium, the canvas reeks of desolation.The only window into the tomb-like image, seen from above, is a carved cut-out star of David through which can be glimpsed a more detailed view of the abandoned ghetto. Barely visible, a pale yellow cloth remnant of the star of David stitched to their clothes to identify Jews sits atop one of the rooftop slates.
This picture was later used as a jacket for Yitzhak Arad's book on the struggle and destruction of Vilna's Jews.
Samuel Bak, Painted in Words: A Memoir (Indiana/Pucker), 2001, p. 372, insert.