Recalling a Lost World: Fusing Literature and Art in Commemoration of “The World That Was”
Sholem Aleichem’s tales use humor to belie the hardships of life in the shtetl, market village. His stories are specific to a time and place, but the themes are universal—assimilation, emigration, poverty and antisemitism.
Lithuanian-Israeli artist, David Labkovski (1906-1991), who illustrated daily Jewish life prior to the Holocaust in his hometown of Vilna (current day Vilnius), was inspired by Sholem Aleichem’s writings, illustrating the characters in commemoration of the ‘world that was.’ Join us for an online exhibit with guide Leora Raikin as we explore the connection between these two great artists and the stories that still resonant for us today.
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