And Death shall have no Dominion is a captivating book which makes an important contribution to the discussion of Holocaust art. Jürgen Kaumkötter considers artists working in the concentration camps as well as post-war artists producing Holocaust art and public memorials to the Holocaust. The artworks come from every possible medium, ranging from rough sketches to accomplished paintings, from cartoons to sculptures and carvings.
Alongside the discussion of the artworks themselves are a range of other fascinating historical documents, including letters, diaries, photographs, camp documents and trial protocols. These materials furnish the reader with chilling insights into the extraordinary sufferings of those who survived the concentration camps and of the millions who were murdered.
And Death shall have no Dominion will find a wide international audience. As well as being accessible it presents a great deal of fascinating and little-known material, and furthers the debate about the relationship between art and human suffering. This book makes a naïve view of the Holocaust, and a naïve reaction to it, almost impossible and deserves to be translated soon.
All recommendations from Spring 2015