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Mixed media wall sculpture in three sections by Daisy Brand memorializing the betrayal and destruction of Jewish culture and religious faith during the Holocaust

Object | Accession Number: 2009.400.8 a-c

Three part ceramic wall sculpture depicting Torah scrolls, train tracks, and a remote chamber created by Daisy Brand to evoke her ordeal of being imprisoned in multiple concentration camps from 1944-1945. Daisy's art became infused with her Holocaust experience in the 1980s. Her references are suggestive and deliberately ambiguous and she keeps the exact meaning of the symbolism in her work private, thus more evocative and universal. Daisy and her family lived in Chust, Hungary, when it was occupied by the Germans in March 1944. By May, Daisy and her family were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Her father went directly to the gas chamber. Daisy, aged 15, her sister, Mary, aged 19, and her mother, Aranka, aged 39, were selected as forced labor for Kaiserwald concentration camp. In July 1944, the camp was evacuated as Soviet and American forces approached. Aranka disappeared during the forced march. Daisy and Mary were transferred to multiple concentration camps: Dondagen II, Libau, Stutthof, and Buchenwald. On April 17, Buchenwald was evacuated; camp inmates began a forced march to Dachau. They were freed by American forces near Wurzen, Germany, on April 24, 1945. In mid-May, Daisy and her sister were repatriated to their native city, Bratislava, in Czechoslovakia. With the help of the Red Cross, they found an aunt and uncle who took in the girls. This couple, and one other aunt, were their only relatives to survive the Holocaust.

Artwork Title
Broken Promise
creation:  1997
depiction:  1939-1945
creation: Boston (Mass.)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Daisy Brand
Record last modified: 2020-09-15 08:45:21
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