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Seton Hill University


A Leading Catholic, Liberal Arts University

October 2017

Strength of the Creative Spirit: Artistic Resistance During the Holocaust

Wed 25

7:00 pm - 8:30 pmBetween 1938 and 1944 Nazi authorities deported millions of European Jews, and others deemed undesirable, to ghettos and extermination camps. The forced inhabitants at these locations were often separated from their families, and contended with overcrowded, unsanitary conditions while surviving on meager rations of food. Despite these deplorable conditions, creativity thrived. Approximately 30,000 works of art have been documented since the liberation of camps in 1945. Created clandestinely in camps, ghettos, and in hiding, these pieces of art exemplify the power of creativity and the strength of spirit.

Elizabeth Hlavek, licensed clinical professional art therapist and doctoral candidate, will present on this artwork, sharing examples of work and descriptions of the victim/artists' tenacious process of creating. Discussion points will include why art was created and how it provided a sense of meaning to the artists.


Fee: Open to the public at no charge.

Location: Cecilian Hall

Sponsored By

Art Therapy Program and National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education


Wilda Kaylor