Fragile Images: Jews and Art in Yugoslavia, 1918-1945, Mirjam Rajner traces the lives and creativity of seven artists of Jewish origin. The artists - Moša Pijade, Daniel Kabiljo, Adolf Weiller, Bora Baruh, Daniel Ozmo, Ivan Rein and Johanna Lutzer - were characterized by multiple and changeable identities: nationalist and universalist, Zionist and Sephardic, communist and cosmopolitan.
These fluctuating identities found expression in their art, as did their wartime fate as refugees, camp inmates, partisans and survivors. A wealth of newly-discovered images, diaries and letters highlight this little-known aspect of Jewish life and art in Yugoslavia, illuminating a turbulent era that included integration into a newly-founded country, the catastrophe of the Holocaust, and renewal in its aftermath.
Mirjam Rajner, Ph.D. (2004), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is a senior lecturer in the Jewish Art Department of Bar-Ilan University and the co-editor of
Ars Judaica, The Bar-Ilan Journal of Jewish Art. She has published numerous articles on modern Jewish art in edited volumes and academic journals such as
East-European Jewish Studies,
Studia Rosenthaliana, and
Studies in Contemporary Jewry.
All interested in the Jewish life and art created in the region of Yugoslavia during the interwar period and the WW II; in Holocaust art; and in multiple identity formation. Keywords: Moša Pijade, Daniel Kabiljo, Adolf Weiller, Bora Baruh, Daniel Ozmo, Ivan Rein, Johanna Lutzer, Holocaust art, partisans, refugees, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Zagreb, Jasenovac, and Kraljevica.