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. Ghetto dwellers without identity cards were rounded-up on May 30, 1942 in the square (known today as Plac Bohaterow Getta square) and roughly 4,500 of them were taken to Belzec death camp to perish. 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. The Schindler Jews were among the small number of survivors. 'Beyond the Walls of Krakow' is a digital painting created as a memorial to the victims, survivors, and descendants to remember the past, so we may preserve the future.
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About the Artist: Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz) is the pseudonym he uses for his visual art, writing, poetry, and video creations; initially, the name came about by his direct approach on subjects that focus on humanitarian issues that impact our world today. He's known to call a spade a spade.
In the late 1950’s, Spadecaller’s formal training in traditional oil painting techniques commenced. He was eight years old, when he started private painting lessons. Through considerable personal sacrifice, his mother, who has since passed away, nurtured his artistic talents and provided him with many of the tools and circumstances to launch his creative journey. Memories of art exhibitions in New York City that his mother introduced him to continue to motivate his quest for excellence. Spadecaller attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71), and during the 70's up until the late 80's, he exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York. As a realist painter, he strives to capture the beauty of nature and the soul of humankind. Due to the onset of chronic illness in the late nineties and with the advent of image editing software, he turned to creating digital hand painted images, mixed media and photographic art - fusing these into an art form worthy of the same gratification that he had once found in oils.
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