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The Holocaust

George Segal (American, 1924-2000)

The Holocaust, 1982

  • Plaster, wood, and wire
  • Dimensions variable
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Purchase: Dorot Foundation Gift, 1985-176a-l
  • Art © The George and Helen Segal Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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Unlike Anni Albers’s abstract Holocaust memorial, George Segal’s memorial is figurative. Discuss:

  • Which of the two works do you find more powerful? Why?

  • Why do you think an artist would choose an abstract approach over a figurative approach?