Item 266602. STAR OF ASHES. KOKHAV HA-EFER. ASH SHTERN [LIMITED EDITION LITHOGRAPHS]
Item 266602. STAR OF ASHES. KOKHAV HA-EFER. ASH SHTERN [LIMITED EDITION LITHOGRAPHS]
Item 266602. STAR OF ASHES. KOKHAV HA-EFER. ASH SHTERN [LIMITED EDITION LITHOGRAPHS]
Item 266602. STAR OF ASHES. KOKHAV HA-EFER. ASH SHTERN [LIMITED EDITION LITHOGRAPHS]
Item 266602. STAR OF ASHES. KOKHAV HA-EFER. ASH SHTERN [LIMITED EDITION LITHOGRAPHS]
Item 266602. STAR OF ASHES. KOKHAV HA-EFER. ASH SHTERN [LIMITED EDITION LITHOGRAPHS]
Item 266602. STAR OF ASHES. KOKHAV HA-EFER. ASH SHTERN [LIMITED EDITION LITHOGRAPHS]
Item 266602. STAR OF ASHES. KOKHAV HA-EFER. ASH SHTERN [LIMITED EDITION LITHOGRAPHS]
Item 266602. STAR OF ASHES. KOKHAV HA-EFER. ASH SHTERN [LIMITED EDITION LITHOGRAPHS]
Item 266602. STAR OF ASHES. KOKHAV HA-EFER. ASH SHTERN [LIMITED EDITION LITHOGRAPHS]
Item 266602. STAR OF ASHES. KOKHAV HA-EFER. ASH SHTERN [LIMITED EDITION LITHOGRAPHS]

STAR OF ASHES. KOKHAV HA-EFER. ASH SHTERN [LIMITED EDITION LITHOGRAPHS] כוכב האפר. אש־שטערן

.[Tel Aviv]: [ha-Menorah]. Printed by "ORLY" Press Tel-Aviv. Lithographs by Naidet Press Lt, 1967. Item #42667

1st edition. Original Publisher’s Cloth with dust jacket, Oblong 4to (Large), ,b>18 unnumbered leaves of lithographic plates by acclaimed Israeli artist Gershon Knispel (1932-2018), accompanied by 18 transparent guard sheets with descriptive letterpress. 25 x 34 cm. In Yiddish, Hebrew, and English in parallel columns.
"Exclusive edition containing eighteen lithographies to the book by Ka. Tzetnik 'Star of Ashes.' Two hundred and fifty copies numbered and signed by the artist" (this copy unnumbered and unsigned).
Not to be confused with the much more common book of 215 pages issued under the same title in the same year by the same publisher.
One American university library chose to highlight this work as their “Book of the Week” for Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27) featuring it with a full illustrated and detailed write-up, which can be read at https://blog.lib.utah.edu/book-of-the-week-star-of-ashes .
“In 1967, still using the pseudonym Ka-Tzetnik 13563, De-Nur published yet another book on the Holocaust titled Star of Ashes. The exclusive edition contains eighteen lithographs by Gershon Knispel….[who] was born in Germany in 1932 and immigrated with his parents to Eretz Israel when he was just three years old. Knispel studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem” (lib.utah.edu).
Knispel “worked in Israel and Brazil and was one of the leading Israeli artists in the second half of the 20th century. Throughout his sixty-year career, he won prizes at the international biennales in Berlin, Moscow, and São Paulo….He studied art in the early 1950s and then illustrated lithographs and engravings for poetry books. He created illustrations and prints for Alexander Penn and Bertolt Brecht. He was a member of the Communist Party in Israel and Brazil and was active in political circles.
As a prominent representative of the 'social realism' trend in Israeli art, Knispel turned to painting the living conditions of Holocaust survivors.
In 1959 he moved to Brazil after winning a competition to design a facade for a television tower in São Paulo….In 1964, a military coup broke out in Brazil, and Knispel, who was a member of the Communist Party, became wanted by the new regime. He fled his home and arrived at the Israeli Embassy in Rio de Janeiro in the trunk of a car. He left behind dozens of works of art on the facades of public buildings, outdoor sculptures, and murals in public halls in the various cities of Brazil, which he created during his years there….He and Palestinian artist Abed Abdi created a sculpture commemorating the events of Land Day….
In 1995, after the fall of the military dictatorship, Knispel returned to Brazil and divided his life between Haifa and São Paulo.
In 2018 his large-scale work ‘Signing the Peace Petition in Acre’ (1953) entered the Tel Aviv Museum of Art collection. The Brazilian secret police confiscated this work during the dictatorship. When it was returned to him after decades, Knispel carried out a massive restoration, and as of 2018, it is placed in the permanent display of Israeli art at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art” (Wikipedia).
The author, Yechiel De-Nur, was a Holocaust survivor from Poland and a prolific Holocaust writer, with 15 books on the topic. He wrote under the pseudonym Ka-Tzetnik or Ka. Tzet, a Yiddishism meaning ‘concentration camp inmate’ that is short for Konzentrationslager. He became famous for his testimony at the Eichmann trials, where he portrayed Auschwitz as ‘another planet.’ He managed to say nine sentences in testimony before he fainted.
SUBJECT(S): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art. -- Poetry. Holocauste, 1939-1945, dans l'art. -- Poe´sie. Auschwitz (Concentration camp). OCLC: 473121.Boards slightly bowed, Dust jacket attached to boards as issued, with 3 inch rectangle missing from rear and some other closed tears. Otherwise Very good, attractive and dramatic. (ART-28-13-EDALCC-’x).

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