Description German authorities created the Jewish ghetto in Krakow on March 3, 1941 as a compulsory dwelling place for the city's Jews. Under the Nazi occupation the ghetto in Krakow was sealed off with a high wall erected around it. 'Beyond the Walls of Krakow' is a digital painting created as a memorial to the victims and the handful of survivors of this horrific episode in history. The Schindler Jews were among the small number of survivors.During the two years of the ghetto's existence several thousand Jewish residents either were killed or died of hunger. Systematically. the Nazis emptied the ghetto in three waves. Ghetto dwellers without identity cards were rounded-up on May 30, 1942 in the square (known today as Plac Bohaterow Getta square) and roughly 4,000 of them were taken to Belzec death camp to perish. SS storm troopers killed some 600 Jews on the streets of the ghetto on June 4, because the Judenrat didn't meet the German-set quota of deportees. On October 28, 1942 'excessive' ghetto residents as the sick, the old, the handicapped, and little children became the target. Some 600 were murdered outright and about 4,500 shipped by train to Belzec concentration camp.In December of 1942, the German authorities divided the Krakow ghetto into zone A for those they considered a usable work force; those in zone B were designated for extermination. Ghetto A was closed down on March 13, 1943 and all remaining Jewish workers were imprisoned in the Plaszow concentration camp. The following day the SS troops emptied Ghetto B killing all its Jewish inhabitants in their homes and in the streets. Several hundred Jews were trucked to the notorious Auschwitz death camp. The ransacking of the Krakow ghetto ended in December of 1943. Steven Spielberg's famous film, Schindler's List, shows the tragedy of the Jewish ghetto in Krakow, where Schindler's factory was located. The building is now a museum.
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At eight years old in the late 50’s, I started private training in traditional oil techniques. To this day, I owe my appreciation to my mother, who has since passed away. Through considerable personal sacrifice, she nurtured my artistic talent and provided me with the tools and circumstances to begin my creative journey - the journey that I still follow. I cherish the memories of the art exhibits and museums that we visited in Manhattan. I later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's and up until the late 80's, I exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York. Presently, I reside in Florida with my loving wife, who I've been married to for thirty years. Due to the onset of chronic illness in the late nineties and with the advent of image editing software, I turned to creating digital hand painted images and photographic art - fusing these into an art form worthy of the same gratification that I had once found in oils. - Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz)