Dina Gottliebova Babbitt, who was sent to Auschwitz with her family and fiancÃ© from Czechoslovakia, saved her life in Auschwitz painting for Mengele and SS guards. The portraits she made of doomed gypsies were acquired by the Auschwitz Birkenau Museum and Memorial in the 60’s and 70’s and they want to keep them. The LATIMES today has a long and moving story about this elderly Jewish woman, who now lives in Northern California, has been trying for several decades to get them back. Her case has support from Congress, community leaders, and even hundreds of cartoonists.
In September, about 450 cartoonists and artists from around the world petitioned the museum to make reproductions and give the originals to Babbitt. Signers include Art Spiegelman, creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Maus” graphic novels about his family’s Holocaust experience.
You see after she emigrated to America, she worked for Hanna Barbara as a cartoonist!
The artwork of a slave laborer belongs in Auschwitz says the museum, where else can the horror of the place be better illustrated. Babbitt and others say, why not hang copies of the originals in the museum and send the originals to the painter.
Nothing can bring back the gypsies who were sent to the gas chambers, but returning the paintings will help heal the wounds and soul of this survivor. Hello, Your Honorable Polish Ambassador Reiter, do you get it?
Just in case you feel like voicing you opinion, here is the contact page from the Polish Embassy.