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  • About Joseph Bau

    Mr. Bau was born in Krakow, Poland in 1920. His education was interrupted by World War II, when all the Jews were interned in concentration camps by the Nazis.. During his internment Bau never lost his spark of humanity and hope. He fell in love with another inmate, Rebecca, whom Bau married in the camp despite the prohibition by the Germans. This unique wedding is featured in Spielberg's film "Schindler's List".

    In the Plaszow concentration camp Mr. Bau wrote & illustrated a miniature book in the size of the palm of a hand. It contains beautiful poems that did not mention at all the horrors occurring around him. After Plaszow he was transferred to another concentration camp of Grossrosen and then to Oscar Schindler's camp/factory at Zablocie where he stayed till the end of the war.

    After the war, Bau graduated from the University of Plastic Arts in Krakow. During his studies Bau worked for three newspapers as a graphic artist and illustrator.

    In 1950 he immigrated to Israel together with his wife and three-year-old daughter. After working as a graphic artist at the Brandwein Institute in Haifa and the government of Israel, Bau opened his own studio in 1956 in Tel Aviv and enriched it's walls with his prolific art creations. He drew the titles for almost all the Israeli movies of the 60's and 70's. At the same time, he authored a number of Hebrew books interspersed with artistic drawings. "Dear God, Have You Ever Gone Hungry?" has appeared in several editions, was translated into Polish, and its English version was published by Arcade Publishers in New York. The book deals with the author's experiences during the Holocaust. Another volume, which is on the recommended reading list for the schools in Israel, is an amusing "dictionary" of the Hebrew language containing fascinating illustrations relating to the text.

    Another accomplishment is his origination of animated films in Israel. Mr. Bau has been referred to in the press as the "Israeli Walt Disney". He is a member of the Israeli Painters and Sculptors Association, the Film and TV Directors Guild, and the Israeli Writer's Guild and has had many art exhibitions in Israel and in Canada.

    Since 1998 Bau's paintings have been on tour in the U.S.A. and Canada, and are available for display. A permanent site is sought for the exhibition in either Israel or the United States. Mr. Bau passed away in May 2002.