Drawings From an Attic
Henoch (Henryk) Barczyński (Barciński) (1896-1941)
Born in Lodz. From 1912-1914, he studied graphics at Jakub Kacenbogen’s private school, and in 1915-1916 he studied at the atelier of the sculptor Henryk Glicenstein in Warsaw. From 1918-1921, he joined a group of expressionist artists and writers active in Lodz, called the “Jung Jidysz." His artwork incorporates motifs and themes from Jewish tradition and culture. In 1919, Barczyński began studying at the Academy of Art in Dresden. In 1925, the Red Cross in Paris awarded him first place in poster design. Barczyński traveled to Italy, Spain and France, eventually settling in Berlin in 1927. After the Nazi rise to power, in 1934 he returned to Lodz, where he was active in the city's art scene. In September 1939, he fled to the town Tomaszów Mazowiecki with a following of artists. In December 1940, he was interned in the ghetto with the rest of the city's Jewish residents. Because he was not a permanent resident of Tomaszów, in the spring of 1941, he was sent to Biała Rawska. During the transfer he was murdered by the Nazis. His sister returned to Lodz after the war and found some of his artwork in an attic and she later brought them with her to Israel.
With thanks to Yad Vashem for the restoration of these drawings