University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


  • Grace Graupe-Pillard :
  • Nowhere to Go - Griffin

    Nowhere to Go - Griffin


    Nowhere To Go - Griffin, Mixed Media/cutout canvas, 79" x 69",1993

    The title image for Griffin comes from an ancient Greek sculpture - with its pedatory beak, it suggest the Nazi eagle. My father's first cousin, Werner Melchiker uttered these words in a letter to his family: June 1941, Vichy Government, Camp De Vernet "Why am I interned here ...We promenade in our barbed wire environs like at a beach...l was a soldat for France...Then I carried the same gun that I am now guarded with ...I see children playing behind fences not understanding ...We have learned to get used to sorrow..."