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Home place A Site of Resistance The artist that I chose to spotlight along with the theme in class Home place A Site of Resistance was female German-Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon Charlotte Salomon was a young woman who lived in Germany during the Holocaust and was under the reign of Adolph Hitler Young Salomon lived in exile in France During World War II where she created the play Life Or Theatre A Play with Music and painted many expressive oil paintings depicting events of the era The particular painting that I chose to relate to our class was The Day for Freedom and Bread in which Charlotte depicts the day that Hitler became chancellor of the nation There is a backwards swastika in the middle of the painting depicting how wrong the entire reign of Hitler was to mankind and also a number in the middle which scholars say was probably Charlottes identification number or her mothers whom she was very close to during these trying times Charlottes work is very real and almost painful when you leaf through some of her collections Her paintings were done with so much emotion and it is clear that she was hurting and crying out for help through her artwork It is almost as if she knew that someday people would turn to such artworks to better understand the life of a Jewish man or woman in a concentration camp I am reminded of a reading in class where we discussed the life of an African-American woman who never saw her mother and was very confused as to what her role in life was living in America and working as a slave Bell Hooks writes in The Woman That I Am that for those who dominate and oppress us benefit most when to give our own when they have so taken us from our dignity our humanness that we have nothing left no home place where we
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