Oil Painting by Pat Mercer Hutchens from the series Auschwitz Album Revisited. The Jerusalem Connection is offering archival prints (giclées) of these original paintings for a suggested donation of $75. One hundred percent of your donation goes to help support the work of The Jerusalem Connection. Measure of all artwork in this series is 10″x 10″.
From the artist:
The undressing rooms of Crematorium IV and V were not sufficient for the masses of Hungarian Jews who arrived in the Spring of 1944. Therefore, the Jews had to wait until the undressing rooms were ready to absorb them. The common waiting place was the grove behind Crematorium IV. The Jews were asked to sit among the trees, “to have a rest,” and wait for further instructions.
Here waiting in the grove for their last moments before being lined up for the gas chambers is Laja Vogel and her sons, Reuven and Gershon. Her daughter, Iren Fogel Weiss, was only 13 at the time but because she looked older, she was sent to the “fit for work” line, stripped, shaved, and worked as a slave laborer. She survived WWII when Auschwitz Berkenau was liberated.