It's #NationalLottery25! @ace_national made it possible for me to launch Barbed Wire Fever, a project that explores what it means to seek and provide refuge. Here's refugee artist Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack's #iconic woodcut 'Desolation'.⠀ ⠀ https://buff.ly/2qK0jpE
Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack (1893-1965) was a refugee artist, born in Frankfurt am Main. He fled Germany for the United Kingdom in 1936 and taught art for the Subsistence Production Society, a Depression-era sustenance program of the Quakers in the Eastern Valley of Monmouthshire in South Wales. In 1940, Hirschfeld Mack was deported to Australia as an enemy alien and interned in camps in Hay, Orange and Tatura, before being granted Australian citizenship. Imprisonment and the longing for freedom were the theme of his small, stark, poignant relief prints of this period, including the 1941 woodcut Desolation. Image from The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of Mrs Olive Hirschfeld 1979. 1979.0179. Copyright: Chris Bell
Got on a plane with You Should Come With Me Now by Mike Harrison. 'Crisis' has been haunting me ever since.
The children on the #Kindertransport came from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and the Free City of Danzig. Most, but not all, were Jewish. Often they were the only members of their families who survived the Holocaust.
Starting with the #Kindertransport, which brought 10,000 unaccompanied children to England during the nine months prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. You can view a 1938 newsreel on the British Pathé website: https://www.britishpathe.com/video/jewish-child-refugees