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Arnold Trachtman

Artist Exhibit

General View


Scenes from the Third Reich. Acrylic. 60" x 132". 1992.

Scenes from the Third Reich. Detail

Scenes from the Third Reich. Detail

Scenes from the Third Reich. Detail

Kultur. Acrylic 72" x 54" 1997.

The Austrian Rider
. Acrylic. 54" x 64" 1990.

Daimler Point. Acrylic. 88" x 60" 1991.

The Roots of the Fuhrer Pinciple. Acrylic. 96" x 110" 1990.

The Roots of the Fuhrer Pinciple. Detail.

The Roots of the Fuhrer Pinciple. Detail.

The Roots of the Fuhrer Pinciple. Detail.

The Roots of the Fuhrer Pinciple. Detail.

Artist's Statement

As the twentieth century recedes into history, the horrific deeds of what has come to be called "the Holocaust," take on the qualities of some mythic event like the Black Death. The horror that occurred between 1933 and 1945 was created by men. Who were they? What drove them? We all know the designated villains that were executed at Nuremberg, and later in Israel. Was that all?

For whom were the trade unions crushed and slave labor instituted? Who were these men in suits with carefully manicured hands who freely chose to use slave labor? There was no law that compelled them to do so.

Most manufacturing corporations in Germany participated in this voluntary genocide. Both Krupp and I. G. Farben built factories inside concentration camps. Why were they dealt with less severely? Not one of them was executed. They stood in dock with clean hands. Within ten years they were all back in business, helping to create the "Free World."

Recently we have learned of the role played by Swiss bankers in these events. Can we still believe the conservative fairy tale that business and the so-called free market equals democracy?

My work in this show is an attempt to put faces on that period from 1933 to 1945, and to raise some questions.

- Arnold Trachtman