"Lamentation" - A Tribute to Dr. Karl Neumann

I visited Prague and Vienna in 2009. At the time, I was incredibly moved by a visit to the Prague Jewish Quarter especially the "Dreams of Theresienstadt" exhibit of children's artwork created during the Holocaust on display at the Pinkas Synagogue. I often think of these children and what they could have contributed to this world had they survived. In 2018, Dr. Karl Neumann, a close friend of the family, told his story of escaping from Nazi-annexed Vienna as a child. It was the first time he publicly spoke about his experience and it was an incredible gift to everyone who knew him.

"Lamentation" - A Tribute to Dr. Karl Neumann
Digitally Enhanced Composite Photograph

Karl's sudden passing in 2021 inspired me to create "Lamentation". The cars of Vienna's Giant Ferris Wheel mimic the railroad cars used to transport Jews to labor camps and death factories. The background of Vienna is grayed out with just the stark red of the ferris wheel cars standing out in bold relief. I replaced the 4 windows with photographs from my trip that reinforce the narrative. These are from left to right:

  • Tombstones in Prague's Old Jewish Cemetery*
  • The rotating giant ferris wheel symbolizing a never-ending stream of humanity
  • "Lamentation" repeated ad infinitum
  • People / Souls

You can witness Dr. Neumann's story here:

All proceeds from sales of "Lamentation" benefit The Reform Temple of Forest Hills.
To purchase "Lamentation" click here.
Give directly to the temple in honor of Dr. Karl Neumann here.
In memoriam Dr. Karl Neumann 1931-2021.

ArtFully Giving,
Emily

*The Jewish Quarter in Prague has six synagogues, the Jewish Ceremonial Hall and the Old Jewish Cemetery, considered the most remarkable of its kind in Europe. Each of these monuments tells a poignant story of a once vibrant community shattered by the Holocaust. This is even more affecting because the only reason they survive to this day is because Hitler wanted to preserve the Prague Jewish Quarter as a “Museum of an Extinct Race”.