As the world marked Holocaust Remembrance Day, an art exhibition by German Jewish painter Max Weinberg opened in Frankfurt which offers a different perspective on the horrors of one of the most infamous crimes of the 20th century. For the past 50 years, Weinberg has lived and worked as a freelance painter in Frankfurt. His artwork on the Holocaust is largely abstract, and Weinberg said, "Many people look at it and say it's gruesome, and they want to look away."
In 1938, after Kristallnacht, or "the night of the broken glass," when a wave of violent and anti-Semitic pogroms occured throughout Germany, ten-year-old Max Weinberg and his parents fled to Mandatory Palestine, which was then under British administration. Later in 1948, as a soldier in the Israeli Defence Forces, he fought in the War of Independence which marked the birth of the Jewish state. Weinberg then studied painting at the Academy of Culture and the Arts in Tel Aviv, where he met survivors for whom the Holocaust remained a real and ever-present reality.