Visiting Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial for the victims of the Holocaust, left me feeling pensive, sad and worried. How could this happen, could it happen again? Other visitors seem to feel this way too, you can see it in their body language as they sit outside the entrance waiting for their rides. Their heads are down and they seem to be looking inward to their own thoughts.
You have to worry when the news is full of politicians using bigotry as an election tool. We are seeing blatant manipulation. The blaming of victims, encouragement of physical and psychological abuse of minorities, proposals for ethnic expulsion, pledges to change laws that protect rights and citizenship, and use of nationalism to justify it all brought Hitler into power. It has all been done before and the playbook for it is in our museums.
This is a pencil, pen and watercolor sketch.