Tomorrow we will be remembering the 75th anniversary of “D-Day.” It was on June 6, 1944, that American, British and Canadian troops landed on the beaches of Normandy in one of the most massive air, land, and sea operations ever undertaken in the history of warfare, “Operation Overlord” better known to us as “D-Day” started. After four grueling years of war, the liberation of Europe had begun. It wasn't long thereafter that the Allied forces would defeat Nazi Germany. Since then, we have all heard the stories of heroic unsung heroes, their bravery and their sacrifices. It was because of them that on May 9, 1945, the Allied Forces (United States, United Kingdom, Canada, the Soviet Union, and France) were able to sign the Armistice.
Tomorrow I'd also like us to remember the millions of people who died at the hands of an evil regime and the ones who survived it. I'd like us to take a moment and think about he systematic extermination of the Jews, the Roma, the communists, and any and all political opponents of the regime. I lost my grandparents in that war. Many lost more. So tomorrow we will commemorate those who fell and remember never to let it happen again. Because it must never be allowed to happen again.
Today, I’d like to remember Felix Nussbaum, German-Jewish surrealist painter, in memory and as an icon of all those people who died in terrible and cruel circumstances during WWII just for being who they were.
Nussbaum was born in 1904 in Osnabrück, Germany. By 1924 he is studying at the Berlin School of Fine Arts and becomes a master student of Hans Meid by 1928. In 1929, he works at a studio owned by him and the Polish painter Felka Platek, who eventually becomes his wife. It's 1933, and the National Socialists are in power. The political and cultural atmosphere in Germany changes drastically. Somewhere around that time Felix receives a prestigious scholarship for the Villa Massimo, an extension of the Berlin Academy of the Arts in Rome, and studies there with other German expats from October 1932 until April 1933. He decides to le