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Many German and Austrian Jewish artists never escaped and were among the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust. Some of those fortunate enough to escape the Nazi atrocities never recovered sufficiently from the trauma to resume their creative output. Others had to drop their artistic work after emigration because of practical needs, like providing financial support to their families. This empty frame is dedicated to the memory of all those artists whose work was irretrievably interrupted, whose legacies were forgotten, or whose talents were lost to the world.

The loss of artists and artistic creation to persecution and violence continues today. In a world full of conflict, where an estimated 70 million refugees seek new homes, artists still face the loss of their freedom of artistic expression, their material means, and—in the most tragic cases—their lives.