My illustration was supposed to represent sorrow and grief. I used colors to describe how I felt about the war. How I felt about the war is kind of like how I feel when people are making fun of me, it hurts. It does not hurt nearly as much as what the Jews were put through. But I want to make it clear to people that even though others are different don’t pick on them.
For my piece of artwork, I did an abstract picture that I call Midnight Tears. In the center is a teardrop with a lightning bolt hidden within it. The tear represents how people would so often cry in a concentration camp, and the sadness that would unite many people as friends and allies.
The lightning bolt demonstrates
how quickly the Nazis would
take people away, quick and
without warning. In the back-
ground, you see three colors,
red, brown, and black.
The red represents blood and
death, both of which were
common in camps. The black
and the brown show that the
camps were not a good place to
live, and that you would be killed if
you didn’t watch your step. I
chose all of these colors because I
thought that they were powerful colors that showed the death, and the destruction of many peoples’ lives that came with living in a camp.
As I read The Devil’s Arithmetic, I noticed that, like Hannah, not many people would understand what life would be like if they were in a concentration camp. When I wrote my poem, I wanted the reader to fall into the past for a few brief moments, for them to imagine what life must have been like knowing that you were truly alone in the world. To incorporate the story into my poem, I wrote it as if Hannah were telling it. Another thing that I wanted to do was to have Hannah say what she felt during her experience in the past
I created an oil-pastel drawing because you can show many different moods with the different colors. In the first section I have red yellow and orange lines, which show her life before the war where it was fast, fun, exciting, energetic and bright. For the middle section which was during the war, I used dark colors and sad colors and I also trapped colors which showed how they where either trapped by the Nazis or by the concentration camps. Then I added at the end bright light cheerful colors with random bad spots and unknown pieces to show all the happiness and question in the time period after the war when everyone celebrated.
I got the topic of my poem from A Traitor Among Us. I thought of terror and fear when I started reading the book. But near the end of the book I thought of hope and bravery. I imagined dark times and light times, so that made me think. When I went to write my poem I tried adding in terror and happiness.
The artwork I painted is water colors [mostly black color]. The dark figures are the shadows and traitors that have appeared. The lava bursting out of ground is the tormented places that have been destroyed and are left to nothing but dust. But the sky is still partly clear symbolizing that there is still hope.