This book is a tribute to the artist’s return to his birthplace, to the place of his childhood, once filled with happiness; to the streets of his tenuous survival during World War II; and to the memorial for his grandparents and father. Bak’s journey was marked by memories and profound sadness and a great awareness of his responsibility to express the spirits of all who were destroyed during the Holocaust. Scholar Lawrence L. Langer provides commentary on the rich symbolic significance and uniqueness of the artist’s work.
Lawrence L. Langer is professor emeritus of English at Simmons College. His books include The Holocaust and the Literary Imagination, Holocaust Testimonies and The Ruins of Memory, and Art from the Ashes: A Holocaust Anthology. He and his wife live in West Newton, Ma.