University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


  • Joseph Bau

    Joseph Bau

    Art Work

    Joseph Bau (1920-2002) was a Polish Jew from Krakow who, because of the Holocaust, wound up as one of the Jews working for Oskar Schindler. He immigrated to Israel in 1950 and spent the rest of his life as an artist there. Bau was the author of "Dear God, Have You Ever Gone Hungry?" published by Arcade Publishing (ISBN: 1559704314).

    Resource Links:
    Joseph Bau at
    Joseph Bau at the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada
    From Holocaust Survivor to the "Israeli Walt Disney": The Remarkable Story of Renowned Artist Joseph Bau
    Joseph Bau at
    Joseph Bau at Arcade Publishing
    "Art of the Survivors" Exhibit Re-frames Remembrance
    Love, hope and humor help artist survive Holocaust
    Video about Joseph Bau (in Hebrew)

    Accordion and Flute Players

    Learning Barbering

    A Cello Player

    Cleaning the Spectacles

    A Coupling

    A Couple

    A Couple

    Good Neighbour


    The Jeolous Trio

    A Liontamer Eating A Lion

    Oskar Shindler


    Rich Man Disbursing Alms

    A Tailor

    A Trio With A Bird

    Dividing The Bread

    Totaling Wedding Gifts

    A Woman's Portrait

    A Woman Holding A Gosling

    A Woman In A Lifeguard Post

    Part of set of playing cards painted by Joseph Bau while is Plaszow Concentration Camp. Bau's cards reflect the memory of normal life before the war-his wife, marriage, children, holidays.

    Contacts for arranging exhibitions of the work:

    • Clila and Hadasa Bau.
    • Joseph Bau (Note: Joseph Bau died in Tel Aviv May, 2002. His work is still being exhibited through contact with his family.)

    Site constructed with permission of the artist.