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Cambridge Library Presentation My Holocaust Heritage and the Basis of some of my Artistic Works. Fred K. Manasse April 14, 2011. Points I will cover in this presentation. My childhood in Germany & the Diaspora which brought me to the USA My Diaspora- the Sculpture

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Cambridge library presentation my holocaust heritage and the basis of some of my artistic works

Cambridge Library PresentationMy Holocaust Heritage and the Basis of some of my Artistic Works

Fred K. Manasse

April 14, 2011


Points i will cover in this presentation
Points I will cover in this presentation

  • My childhood in Germany & the Diaspora which brought me to the USA

  • My Diaspora- the Sculpture

    • My first attempt at expressing my own family’s sacrifice to save my brother and me

    • A way to remember my personal loss of family

  • Creative Art as a relief from my EarlyTrauma

    • A method for expressing residual effects on being a holocaust survivor

    • As a way to remember my personal loss




















Basis of my diaspora
Basis of “My Diaspora” 1945

-- My intact Family in Germany 1934-1938

-- My last visit with my father in France Camp Gurs, March,1942

-- The last picture of my sister Myriam on her 5th birthday in Frankfurt a/m - 1942

-- The actual Sculpture – My Diaspora

-- Creating the sculpture


My diaspora an assembled bronze sculpture of my own family heritage as of january 1945

My Diaspora 1945An assembled bronze sculpture of my own family heritage as of January 1945


B lowup of base middle of my diaspora the murdered missing family members
B 1945lowup of base & middle of “My Diaspora” The murdered/missing family members


Artist Statement by Fred Manasse - 2011 1945

In all of my artistic work, I try to represent a very personal vision of my subject matter and the target audience for whom the finished work is intended. In my sculpture I want to let my passions and emotions dominate the pieces I create rather than trying to make accurate representations of what I see directly. In my figurative work, although I look at the model and capture the geometry of the figure, I then adjust the sculptural gesture and features to match my inner view of the model to better reflect my own emotion and mood, thereby offer ing the viewer an insight of the person depicted in the sculpture.

I am passionate about the individualistic figurative works I create, and as a member of the Beaumont Sculpting group for 7 years have now created more than a dozen bronze and resin nudes. I have also done over a half dozen more abstract assembled works based on my heritage as a child survivor of the Holocaust. I have a number of themes that I am trying to convey to the public about tolerance in those works, and have participated and even curated, a number of exhibitions by joining with other artists. This provides me with more extensive opportunities to make my social views a forum for helping the viewing public to change the world to one which is devoid of intolerance and persecution


Some additional sculptures created with the holocaust in mind
Some Additional Sculptures Created with the Holocaust in Mind

  • Specific sculpture which I created to demonstrate that my emotions can be clearly displayed in my art

  • Other examples of my Emotion based art

    • Art can sometimes do a better job than prose in displaying emotions

    • Creating people immersed in traumatic situations

      can relieve an artist’s trauma






  • A Menorah for the Victims Mind

    Stained Glass -2002




    For my Murdered Family Members in the Holocaust Mind

    Assembled Bronze on Granite - 2011


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