Ukraine – Jewish Art

All Things Considered, July 9, 2001 · NPR’s Mike Shuster reports from the Ukrainian town of Drogobych on the controversy surrounding the removal to Israel of paintings by writer/artist Bruno Schulz. Schulz, a Jew, lived in Drogobych his whole life, writing in Polish and painting. When Drogobych was under Nazi occupation, he created wall paintings for the baby son of local Gestapo commander. After their recent discovery in a Drogobych apartment, officials at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial had the paintings transported to Israel for display at Yad Vashem. The few Jews remaining in Drogobych are divided over whether the artwork will be better appreciated by a wider audience in Israel, or whether it should have been kept in Drogobych as a testimony to the historic presence of Jews in the region.

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