Thelma Rosner Recipes from Auschwitz

By June 1, 2019Exhibitions

June 1 – 23, 2019

Opening Reception: June 1, 2 – 5  PM

Loop Gallery is pleased to present the work of Thelma Rosner.

The work in this exhibition is inspired by a tiny recipe book, smaller than a postcard. The book was written by a young Hungarian woman, Elisabeth Raab Yanowski, when she was a prisoner of the Nazis. She retrieved from garbage cans, scraps of bureaucratic paper discarded by the Nazis. And, in an almost incomprehensible act of will and defiance, she recalled and recorded the recipes that she and othersremembered from the ordinary pleasures of their previous lives.

In an excerpt from her memoir, And Peace Never Came, she writes: It might have started on a specially hungry day, this recalling of recipes….. Around us everything was grey. The factory, the machines, the sky, the women, their faces, their tattered rags, all was grey, hopelessly grey, and we were starving…… for the holidays, I used to make it, this chocolate cream filled torte. I decorated it with candied nuts…. I was ashamed to let myself be drawn in, as if unaware of the present reality. As if unaware of the question “What’s the use?”  But a strong distant picture demanded voice: the loving labour of preparing it, and the devotion, art and beauty in its creation, the pride, the respect on those faces around the festive table, who knew a TORTE’S deeper meaning.

I jotted down all that I could.