Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
I just got three days ago a present from Dr. Martin Kieselstein, who was so pleased from his participation in the Tel Aviv Star of David Album Exhibit that he made me this work which is showing a Yellow Star rising from the blood of the victims
I took the photo when the work was placed on the couch at his home. Now it is situated on a shelf above my head when I'm working.
Today I got a work from Jennifer Gottschalk (showing a Yellow Rose) whose work “yellow Star” will be presented in a few days for a whole month in the Holocaust Yellow Badge Art Exhibit in Zephath.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Yvonne Feyerick Nevejean (1900 - 1987) whose portrait appears on the stamp helped hide Jewish children in Nazi-occupied Belgium during World War II.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
An image that shows the letters of the word 'Palestinian' in English and in Hebrew on Holocaust Jewish yellow stars of David instead of the word JUDE in the original badge is attached to an article By Shraga Elam from 17 March 2002 about more than 200 people who have demonstrated against the “escalating genocide committed by the Israeli armed forces”.
On the main protest vehicle were 20 large yellow stars of David carried by the demonstrators. On some of the placards was written the slogan "Stop the bloodbath in the Middle East!", while others carried the slogan "Never again Shoa”.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Picture was copied from Wikimedia Commons
Christopher D. Horn referred me to six pointed stars each made from six yellow triangles, which appear on a photo that accompanies an article titled: As Nanotechnology Goes Mainstream, 'Toxic Socks' Raise Concerns; Unknown Risks From Nanosilver Cited
Caption under the photo:
A biosensor made from an array of silver nanoparticles deposited on glass. (Credit: Courtesy of the National Science Foundation).
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Star of david importance?
What is the star of david?
The holocaust and the star of david?
How did hitler use the star of david?
What is the significant of the star of david?
What does each point in the star of david mean?
Two army helmets with swastikas and one with the Star of David;
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Photo of Star of David on a Hanukkah Candlestick behind a portrait of an old man is courtesy of Israeli painter Meir Salomon, who spent 35 years in Holland. Salomon includes often Judaica in his paintings, and I already published a few of his Stars of David, which always appear in a surprising context.
Copyright: Meir Salomon 2008
On the left we see a Star of David made from curved carving-like lines.
The Hebrew words are from the Priestly Blessing, a Jewish prayer based on the verse from Numbers 6:23-27: "They shall place My name upon the children of Israel, and I Myself shall bless them."
Photo is courtesy of Israeli painter Meir Salomon, who frequently introduces six-pointed Jewish emblems into his works of art.
Copyright: Meir Salomon 2008
Photo of a a painting with scales (bottom left) in the shape of David Stars is courtesy of Israeli painter Meir Salomon. This is the only instance of this image that I know of, and this fact reveals this artist’s creativity.
Copyright: Meir Salomon 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
See the yellow star on the cloths of the blind on the Watercolor by Leo Haas entitled, "The Blind of Theresienstadt."
Leo Haas (1901-1983), Czech Jewish artist who, while imprisoned in the concentration camps of Nisko and Theresienstadt during World War II, painted portraits and produced a large volume of drawings documenting the daily life of the prisoners.
See on the same page:
Star of David beaded necklace made by a female Jewish prisoner at a munitions factory camp in Germany.
The work (created in 1978) takes part in an exhibit in "Al Hatefer" Museum, 4 Heil Hahandasa St, Jerusalem, Israel.
We see in it the Hebrew letter Kof made in the shape of a yellow triangle, which reminds us of the insignia that Jewish prisoners in Nazi Death Camps had to wear on their cloths. It is painted on a cloth which is covering the eyes and the forehead of a bearded man. In Genesis 4:15 we read that the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him, but the Nazis set a mark upon the Jews for the opposite reason: so that anyone finding them should kill them.
Monday, April 14, 2008
34 /40 cm
mixed media (oil on canvas)
Living and creating in the Netherlands for the past 35 years Netherlands has a profound influence on Meir Salomon’s work. His occupation with flowers, flowering and the reoccurring window motif as well as Jewish motifs appear over and over again in his works.
His entire work brings together both ends, east and west, modernism and tradition, abstract and figurative, color and line.
From next Thursday "mene mene" will take part in the Star of David Album exhibit in the Journalists' House in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Copyright: © Meir Salomon 2008
The title is from Daniel 5:25
Now this is the inscription that was written out: 'MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.'
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
1. Merback, Mitchell B.
Beyond the yellow badge :anti-Judaism and antisemitism in medieval and early modern visual cultur, 2008
2. Poliakov, Leon,
1910- L’etoile jaune, 1949
3. Cerf, Paul
L’etoile juive au Luxembourg, 1986
4. Friedman, Philip
1901-1960 The Jewish badge and the yellow star in the Nazi era, 1955
5. Lund, Jens
The legend of the king and the star, 1975
6. Brasz, Chaya
Removing the yellow badge :the struggle for a Jewish community in the post war Netherlands
7. Stern, Frank
1944- The whitewashing of the yellow badge :antisemitism and philosemitism in postwar Germany
8. Kisch, Guido
1889- The yellow badge in history, 1942
9. Dwork, Deborah
Children with a star :Jewish youth in Nazi Europe, 1991
10. Rubin, Susan Goldman
The cat with the yellow star :coming of age in Terezin, 2006
11. producerLindwer, Willy
Married with a star : a Jewish wedding in occupied Amsterdam, 1942 [motion picture] 1991
12. Wiseman, Eva
1947- My canary yellow star, 2002
13. Ross, Stewart
The star houses :a story from the Holocaust, 2002
14. Mostowicz, Arnold
With a yellow star and a red cross :a doctor in the Lodz ghetto, 2005
15. Schoenberner, Gerhard
The yellow star :the persecution of the Jews in Europe, 1933-1945
16. Unsdorfer, S. B.
The yellow star, 1961
17. Eva Wiseman, My Canary Yellow Star
18. Jennifer Roy, Yellow Star
Friday, April 11, 2008
This is the hermit. He is now beyond normal time and space; his body is made up of two triangles, one upright and one inverted, which form a six-pointed star, symbol of time and space in ancient esoteric teachings. Inside his open chest there is a yin-yang symbol representing inner harmony. This is the most beautiful symbol of all (at least I think so), for it is enclosed in a circle, and has come to signify equilibrium.
Remedios Varo (1908 - 1963) was a Spanish-Mexican surrealist painter.
My son in law, Jason, sent me a photo of a strange coincidence:
Representatives of the Arab states met in Damascus for the annual Arab Summit, which began on March 29th 2008, to discuss relations between the states. As they spoke, a giant 6-pointed star stood high above their heads.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
This is one of author-artist Judith Weinshall Liberman’s sixty wall hangings about the Holocaust. It is 61” tall and 56” wide (155 cms by 142 cms), was created in 1994 and is one of Judith Weinshall Liberman’s 45 Holocaust Wall Hangings in the permanent collection of the Temple Tifereth Israel in Cleveland, Ohio. The shapes and colors of insignia designed to be worn by inmates of Nazi concentration camps are here presented in the form of a grid. Across the top, the columns read: Political (red); Hardcore Criminal (green); Emigrant (blue); Jehovah’s Witness (purple); Homosexual (pink); Antisocial (black). On the left margin, starting from the top, the categories are: Basic Colors, Insignia for Repeaters, Inmates of Penal Colonies, Insignia for Jews and Special Insignia. Some of the Special Insignia are illustrated and a sample sleeve bearing insignia appears at lower right. The original document on which this presentation is based is in the camp museum at Dachau. This wall hanging was created mainly by applique, the shapes of the various insignia rendered in appropriately colored fabric. The words were stenciled in black acrylic and the grid was created by painting. The background gray striped fabric evokes an image of the uniforms worn by camp inmates under the Nazis.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Sculptor Tanya Preminger sent me this photo of a work she created in 2004, mitzpe stone, 190 x 200 x 70 cm, situated in Ganei -Tikva , Israel
The Star of David is created from two opposite sides (here we see only one).
Copyrights: Tanya Preminger
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Stamps collector Dobush from Kfar Aza, Israel, sent me this Australian stamp which is one of 27 stamps issued in 1988 under the title Living Together - a cartoon View Of Australia". We see a Church a Mosque and a Synagogue with a Star of David on its front.
"I've shot this photo in Trieste, N/E Italy".
As far as I can tell this is a unique design and I like it a lot.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Konungariket Sverige means Kingdom of Sweden. The six-pointed star, which appear on the upper right corner is a Christian star.
Photo is courtesy of “Dvir58” from Tapuz.
It reminds me of the poem:
Each one of us is a Star of David;
And of the verse from Isaiah 8:1
Moreover the LORD said unto me, Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man's pen concerning Mahershalalhashbaz
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Stamps collector Dobush from Kfar Aza sent me this Solomon’s seal drawn on a rare stamp issued in 1896 in Tetouan, Morocco. I heard a rumor that King of Morocco at that time indented to marry the daughter of the head of the Jewish community and that’s why the Star of David appears on coins and stamps from that period.
An article about my new book in English (Star of David Album) arrived at the Second Placement on Google Results Page for query words: “Star of David” book. In a day or two it will surely disappear, and I’m not sure that it will make someone purchase the book, but meanwhile it makes me feel fine and that’s certainly enough.
The photo was taken during Easter Week in Seville, Spain. It was during part of the Semana Santa celebrations where large numbers of people march carrying crosses, effigies etc. I don't think it has anything to do with the Magen David, as we know it, although it is just possible that the particular sect wearing this emblem had some roots in Jewish lore. I believe that there is some history of Jews in Southern Spain, though very little to be found now. I took the photo as it seemed such a contradiction - the Magen David worn by a devout Catholic!
Saturday, April 05, 2008
From: gilad dot co:
Following the cartoon scandal and the outrage of the Muslim world that ensued, a group of Israelis announced their own anti-Jewish cartoons contest (http://www.boomka.org/). [Which was closed on March 2006]
Alfred Breitman’s ‘American Flag’ doesn’t leave us with much doubt. We are dealing here with the ‘Jewnited States of JewMerica’. [Stars of David on the American flag].
Elders Of Zion is indeed something a proper anti-Semite should never skip. This time it is an offer no one can refuse: Join now, Circumcise later. Indeed brilliant work by Mike Eighpe (France). [
The Jews are Guilty!
Background: All Jews in Germany had recently been required to wear the yellow star in public, and the Holocaust was beginning.
All Jews by virtue of their birth and their race are part of an international conspiracy against National Socialist Germany. They want its defeat and annihilation, and do all in their power to bring it about. That they can do nothing inside the Reich is hardly a sign of their loyalty, but rather of the appropriate measures we took against them.
One of these measures is the institution of the yellow star that each Jew must wear. We wanted to make them visible as Jews, particularly if they made even the least attempt to harm the German community. It is a remarkably humane measure on our part, a hygienic and prophylactic measure to be sure that the Jew cannot infiltrate our ranks unseen to sow discord .
As the Jews first appeared several weeks ago on the streets of Berlin graced with their Jewish star, the initial reaction of the citizens of the Reich capital was surprise. Only a few knew that there were still so many Jews in Berlin…In the first days after the introduction of the Jewish star, newspaper sales in Berlin went through the roof. Each Jew on the street bought a newspaper to conceal his mark of Cain…
If someone wears the Jewish star, he is an enemy of the people. Anyone who deals with him is the same as a Jew and must be treated accordingly. He earns the contempt of the entire people, for he is a craven coward who leaves them in the lurch to stand by the enemy.
Courtesy of professor Randall Bytwerk
"Anti-Zionist" [Zionism represented by Magen David] caricature from newspaper Soviet Moldavia (August 27, 1971). The image of spider (traditionally used by anti-Semites) is Zionism, the web is woven from: deception, lies, provocations, Anti-Sovietism, Jewish question, anti-Communism.
Friday, April 04, 2008
Current Meaning of the Magen David 6
The legend about the origin of the emblem 7
The Jewish emblem versus the international emblem 8
Whose emblem is it ? 9
Non-Jewish usage of the six-pointed star 10
Chapter 1 - Before Christian Era
Sumerian Culture 11
Minoan Culture 12
Treasure of Nimrud, Iraq 13
Gibeon: Greco-Roman Period 13
Chapter 2 - The first Millenium CE
The Star of Jerusalem; Roman Era 14
Bacchus temple at Baalbek, Lebanon 15
Capernaum; Ein Yael 16
Sufa; Khirbet Carmel; Eastern Orthodox 17
Roglit; Vermand 18
Synagogue of Shura; Mildenhall Treasure 19
Village of El-Makr; Jericho, Israel 20
The Dome of the Rock 21
Damascus; Dome of the Chain 22
Offa King of Mercia 23
Chapter 3 - The second Millenium CE
The Leningrad Codex 24
Cairo Genizah; Cambridge University 25
Raziel’s Book; Armenian Church 26
Rachel’s Grave in Tiberias; Lalibela 27
Ayyubid Coins; Crusaders’ Coins 28
Mamilla-Mamluk Cemetery 29
David Ganz 32
Bury St Edmunds 34
Catholic University of Leuven 35
The Spanish Inquisition periods 36
Before the Expulsion; Kennicott Bible 37
Qait Bey Citadel; Bakhchysaray, Crimea 38
Moghul Architecture 40
Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent 41
Barbarossa's flag 42
Free Masons 43
Mogador; Jewish Wedding Stones 44
Prince Albert memorial 45
Santa Croce Church in Florence 46
Chapter 4 - The Contemporary Period
Theodor Herzl's newspaper, Die-Welt 47
Zionist Flag In Tel Aviv; Zion Mule Corps 48
Flowers from Jerusalem; Lamel School 49
Messiah’s house 50
Bob Marley Graffiti 51
Yellow Badges 52
Jewish Brigade 53
Anti- Israeli Propaganda 55
In every generation men rise up to destroy us 56
Copyrights and Footnotes 57-64
Iranian-born (1963) artist and architect Shahram Entekhabi wears on his white shirt a green Islamic star that reminds us to the "Judenstern" yellow badge - raising the question whether fundumentalist Muslims are a potential danger to public safety or the victims of prejudice.
Yair Davidiy from Brit-am referred me to an important photo of a Parthian altar with Israelite Symbols” from 300 BC - 300 AD.
I'm going to show this Parthian altar to my mentor, Dr. Ze'ev Goldmann (who
celebrated this week his 103 birthday); he is an expert on the archaeology
of the Star of David, and I'm sure it will make his day.
Wikipedia article author (entry: Serge Gainsbourg) connects the humiliation of wearing the Yellow Badge with “its” artistic expression. In 1975, French musician Gainsbourg released the album Rock Around the Bunker, on the subject of the Nazis.
Photo is courtesy of professor Randall Bytwerk who uploaded to the WWW many Nazi Propaganda original materials, and I salute him for this blessed enterprise..
Star of David appears on one of the worst anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda books titled: The Poisonous Mushroom issued by Julius Streicher's publishing house.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
The activities of the Polish Underground were widespread and effective, and the Germans retaliated with raids on the civilian population, deporting many thousands of Poles to slave-labor camps and staging public executions. Poles of the Resistance trying to escape the Nazi wrath discovered an odd ally: the Jewish badge.From:Their Brothers' Keepers by Philip Friedmanp, ISBN-10: 089604002Xp. 37
The revival of medieval forms of anti-Jewish legislation in the Nazi era brought to the fore the problem of special marks for Jews. The first suggestion that such marks be instituted probably came from Reinhard Heydrich, chief of the German Security Police, at the historic meeting in
The above USA Presidential Medal of Freedom was issued in 1974.
Recipient Herbert H. Lehman (1878-1963) Jewish Governor of New York from 1933 until 1942
Designed by Jacques Schnier.
Caption (To do Justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God) around a Star of David and the word tzeddek (justice) in Hebrew.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Usually the Star of David is a Symbol for the Lords’ protection, but in Ofira Oriel‘s fresh new painting the inner space of the Star of David turns into an eye, which symbolizes HIS personal supervision. These days I’m absorbed in writing the Yellow Badge Album book (only in Hebrew) and I live under the impression that during the Holocaust the Star-of-David-shaped Yellow Badge was attached personally to every Jew, but in these horrible times, the Lord’s supervision ended in the end of the Yellow Badge bearer, and end is exactly the opposite of what we expect when we say “personal supervision”. Eventually the Holocaust led to the founding of the Jewish homeland and in the long run helped save the Jewish Nation.
Copyrights: © Ofira Oriel 2008
One may view the Star of David shape as seven eyes (one in the center and six arround) according to Zechariah 4:10 : “These seven are the eyes of the LORD, which range throughout the earth".