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SORROW: HOLOCAUST, COLLAGE/ACRYLIC ON WOOD 16"X16", 2005
THE ECHOES OF THE HOLOCAUST ARE STILL VERY MUCH ALIVE. IT LEFT THE SURVIVORS WITH PAINFUL MEMORIES
Judith Goldstein was born in Vilna, Poland on October 11, 1932. In 1941, the Nazis sent most of Vilna's Jews to the Ghetto where Goldstein, 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, Goldstein 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.
JOYS: A COMPOSITE OF EXPERIENCES, COLLAGE/ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 30"X40", 2008
Besides her active art career, Goldstein 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. Her first classical piece was entitled, "Reflections in Four Movements."
As an artist, Goldstein 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.
Her artwork is part of the permanent collection of Yad Vashem, Israel and the Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg, FL. Goldstein’s first published collection of her art is" Images of My Childhood: From Sorrows to Joys" (2002) and a second collection, "The Voice of Color" was published in 2012. She is a frequent speaker at museums, universities, and Shoah Commemorations. Her work is featured in the film, "As Seen Through these Eyes."
Judith Goldstein's testimony is available at the University of Minnesota through the Visual History Archive developed by the USC Shoah Foundation institute for Visual History and Education (Also known as the Shoah Project). Visit the Visual History Archive website for more information.
Judith Goldstein's Bio (PDF)
Sorrows: Reality And The Dream, My World, and Theirs . 30" x 40". Acrylic. 1996.
My world, then, was surrounded by dead trees. Looking deep into the painting where the trees are in full bloom, is where I longed to be. The two birds, in front of the dead branches are: my mother and myself in striped coat yearning to be where there is life.