by Jyl Lynn Felman

Judy Chicago’s Holocaust Project

Although the artist Judy Chicago descends directly from 23 generations of rabbis (including the renowned 18th-century Vilna Gaon), she was raised in virtual ignorance of her people’s culture, history and language. While the slaughter of six million Jews was taking place in Europe, Chicago’s family celebrated Christmas in America, exchanging gifts in the midst of “raucous, festive parties.”

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