University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Judith Goldstein - Joys and Sorrows

About the Artist

"I paint the canvas of my childhood, and sing the images I see."

Judith GoldsteinJudith Goldstein, a child Holocaust survivor, was born in Vilna, Poland.

In 1941, the Nazis sent most of Vilna's Jews to the Ghetto where Judith, her parents and her brother spent the next two years. Following the liquidation of the Ghetto in 1943, Judith and her mother spent the next two years in concentration camps in Latvia and Poland. Somehow, Judith, her mother and her brother survived and were sent to a displaced persons camp in Germany in 1945. It was there, while attending school, that she developed a strong love of the arts.

In 1949, Judith came to the United States with her mother and brother and for the first time resumed a normal life. She married, raised a family and completed her education. Judith received her undergraduate degree in music from Manhattanville College and her Master's Degree from Herbert Lehman College/Columbia University. She furthered her studies in paraverbal and music therapy and received certification as a therapist specializing in working with learning and developmentally disabled children.

Her art education included classes at Manhattanville College with Mr. Broner of the New School, Mr. Stefanelli of East Hampton, Harriet Febland and Dick Miller. More recently, she has studied at the Boca Raton Museum. Her emphasis has been with pastels, oils, acrylics/collages and mixed media.

Besides her active art career, Judith lectures in classical music literature, teaches and conducts workshops at various colleges in the creative art therapies, accompanies singers at concerts and composes music. Some of her compositions are based upon the Holocaust, some are holiday songs and some are love songs. She recently completed her first classical piece, "Reflections in Four Movements."

As an artist, Judith primarily works with collage and mixed media where she can maintain control of her figures and where images can be changed on the spot without losing a thought, a feeling, a vision or a particular flash of memory. It is in this manner that she can best turn her experiences of horror and degradation into works of art in her own individual style.

Judith Goldstein's Bio (PDF)

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