Art can be a vague subject. There are many different art movements, art forms, and art styles. What one finds pleasing, another may not. Some of the world’s population knows very little about art and the history of art, while others know all there is to know. But knowledge of any art work doesn’t mean one can’t interpret a piece in an intelligent way.
Interpreting a piece of art comes of one’s thoughts and memories. One may find happiness in a dark, disturbing piece of art while another finds fear. One may understand the feelings the artist intended in the piece but may view the piece in a different way. One may deem a piece as “degenerate,” or vile, while others want the piece hanging in the living room where everyone can see.
How people interpret art and their views on art can lead to terrible things being done. Pieces may be stolen from galleries or created in studios in one’s home. In the hellish moments of war, pieces may be looted from the homes of the ones being forced out. During the midst of the Holocaust, entire collections were looted from the homes of the Jewish as they were forcefully removed from their homes and into concentration camps.
Now, years after the Holocaust, the survivors and their families are fighting and struggling to at the very least get a piece they had owned in their collections before the terror of the Holocaust had begun. The pieces have ended up in galleries and private collections all throughout the United States and Europe. The pieces are one of the last remnants of their lives before all the chaos and the sorrow caused by the Holocaust.
The pieces were taken from the families by the Nazi regime. From there they were sold to museums in the United...
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