The creator of this project Andrea Strongwater, a Writer, Researcher and an Artist who currently works closely with Penny Eifrig of Eifrig Publishing is seeking for your support through Fractured Atlas to make 4 books illustrating synagogues lost in Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria, many countries in Eastern and Western Europe a reality. The main aim of this project is to create a collection of evocative paintings that bring back to life synagogues across Europe that were erased before, during and shortly after WWII. Andrea who is a graduate from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning wants her arts to make a statement.
During the ninth annual diversity week at Montclair State University, Andrea Strongwater displayed her paintings which brought life to synagogues that were wiped from history during WWII. The montclair community was receptive to her depiction of the Holocaust, in that it uncovered parts of the tragedy many people never heard about. In order to recreate these synagogues she researched communities and archives across Europe to appropriately paint each one. Ms. Strongwater's paintings allude a timeless presence that evoke the importance of these lost buildings. Her 5 books titled, Where we once Gather Lost Synagogues of Europe, are home to 100 original paintings accompanied by a researched description of each synagogue. This is only the first part of her work, part two will consist of synagogues in Arab and North African countries where Jews were expelled after the war. Once completed, she hopes to visually tell the history of Jewish life in the middle of the 20th century.
This is how Andrea explains what she does, “I paint images that show the beauty and importance of these lost buildings. Each painting is accompanied by a researched description of the synagogue – who built it, what the community was like, who destroyed it and what exists there now”. So far she has over 100 paintings documenting 83 synagogues and the collection is currently being exhibited around the country.
What achievements has Andrea made so far with her project? Great ones indeed! Her First publication, “Where We Once Gathered – Lost Synagogues of Europe”, is an award winning children’s book is an excellent teaching tool belongs in schools and libraries world-wide as well as in every home. The book speaks to all – ages eight to ninety-eight and it includes 20 synagogues. Currently, “Where We Once Gathered – Lost Synagogues of Germany” is almost ready to print and there is a need to get a book designer to review, edit and refine the layout. All these require funding to offset the print run.
Why Fund This Project?
Supporting this project implies educating people on the whole world’s history that needs to be remembered. Funds raised will be used to pay for the production charges of “Where We Once Gathered – Lost Synagogues of Germany” and other 4 books illustrating synagogues of the countries listed above. Let us all support this project that has presently been recognized by the US Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan, The Memorial de la Shoah in Paris, France and the Haus um Wansee in Berlin, Germany.
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