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Jewish Heritage Month: Gabriella Karin, Artist and Holocaust Survivor
Join us for a presentation from Gabriella Y. Karin, an artist and Holocaust survivor. Gabriella Y. Karin was born in Bratislava, Slovakia. As a young girl, she experienced the horror of World War ll and the Holocaust. She spent three years hidden in a convent run by nuns. It was a boarding school and she had false papers with a different name. Her identity indicated that she was a Christian girl and she had to behave accordingly.
She had to leave the Convent. The last 9 months of the war she was hidden by a non-Jewish man, Karol Blanar, who risked his life by hiding 8 Jewish people.
After the war Gabriella finished her education as a fashion designer and moved to Israel where she lived for 11 years. She moved to the United States in 1960. During this time she worked as a fashion designer and production pattern-maker. After concluding a career in the fashion industry, she became a sculpture maker, well known for her depiction of experiences during the Holocaust. She is an accomplished maker of clay sculptures and a recipient of many awards for her work.
She has many sculptures on permanent display in museums in the United States and also in museums in the Slovakia.
Realism are the hallmarks of Gabriella’s sensitive sculptures. As a result of the experiences of her childhood some of her work is Holocaust related, illustrating an emotional response to the horrors of the time by showing pain and suffering. Rather than depicting a sense of anger, Gabriella’s work and her lectures exudes hope that her story can prevent persecution and cruelty in the world.

Jan 27, 2021 02:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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