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 beautiful Spring flower got its name from the Greek word, narke, meaning numbness or stupor and a Greek myth. The myth is about Echo, a woodland nymph who could not verbalize her love for Narcissus. Still she waited endlessly for him to love her. Narcissus, however, was enamored with himself in the water’s reflection and Echo became just that–an echo in the distant mountains. Narcissus was banished to become a short-lived Spring flower, beautiful but with a poisonous bulb.
Why this flower when considering this beautiful family reduced to ashes at Auschwitz? All the way from their homes to the gas chambers, they were lied to. They were told to pack their family pictures and any items that they wanted to keep. They were told they were going to “resettle” for work. They were told when the children were taken that they would see them again. Lies after lies! What they were given, like the deadly Narcissus, turned out to be full of poison at the very root.