LOS ANGELES (TBEN) – Art has the ability to spark conversations, and the David Labkovski project uses the artist’s history, paintings and sketches to advance knowledge of the Holocaust.
“He documented what happened to the Jewish community during the Holocaust, the destruction and murder of the Jewish community,” said Leore Raikin, founder and executive director of the nonprofit.
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She said educating young people about the Holocaust was not only essential, but necessary.
“Now research has come out that students today know very, very little about the Holocaust,” Raikin said. “And we realized that using art as a tool to engage students, this universal language of art, allows learners from all walks of life to familiarize themselves with the history of the Holocaust.”
The project not only educates the students, but teaches them to disseminate knowledge.
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“The most important thing, aside from the use of art, is that it transfers responsibility and ownership onto students to educate their peers,” Raikin said. “As a docent you not only need to know everything about the art, artist and period, but you need to be able to answer questions.”
Using historic works of art to make a difference today is a key goal of the project.
“We each need to take responsibility for the importance of educating about the Holocaust in a meaningful and impactful way,” said Raikin. “And the David Labkovski project does this through art.”
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The David Labkovski project is launching a new virtual exhibition on Friday that highlights the fusion of literature and art. The online collection can be found on the website of the nonprofit organization.