The Holocaust had a catastrophic effect on European art. Jewish artists perished in death camps and suffered trauma from religious and social persecution. Artists were forced to abandon their homes, leaving their art vulnerable to destruction, and looting. to flee their homeland; and many artworks were destroyed, burned or looted between 1933 and 1945.
In remembrance of those lost works, we host an arts education program approaching genocide studies. The Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center’s Annual Holocaust Through the Arts Program engages middle and high school students from all around Rhode Island in learning about the Holocaust through interpretive practices such as theater, film, and music.
Each year, the Bornstein Holocaust Education Center connects with, and educates, over 2,000 Rhode Island students in our Holocaust through the Arts Program.