ARTIST LAZAR RAN (A man with a Jewish heart) After graduation from Vitebsk Art School in 1932 Lazar RAN came to Minsk where he began his artist career. In his pictures one can see the story of his life which is an image of suffering... There were many works devoted to Belarusian history in his collection which were exhibited on May 31, 1984. Francisk Skarina Skarina was the first who translated and published the Bible in Belarusian in 1520. We can see on the picture his Jewish consultant Toviy, who is showing him the first print. In the old times, it was Skaryna who was teaching Belarusian people and made warnings in his Bible commentary: Don’t dig a hole for anybody, You can fall there yourself. Don’t do like Haman, who prepared gallows fore Mordekhay. You shall hang there yourself. In this picture one can see Belarusian writers: Kupala, Tyotka, Byadulya. They are hosting Russian poet V. Brusov who came in Vilna to meet them. In this picture which is named “Nocturne” one can see Belarus writer DuninMartsinkevich and composer S. Monyushko listening to a girl playing the piano. An immense piece of work devoted to Belarusian poet Yakub Kolas. Lazar Ran made a lot of pictures of Belarusian people To Jewish people Lazar RAN gave two collections of his talent. One is “Jewish writers”: ANNE FRANK ISAAK BABEL SHOLOM-ALEYKHEM YANUSH KORCHAK The second collection is called “MINSK GHETTO”. For Belarus Jews at that time, Lazar RAN was not just a Jewish Artist of their origin. Though there were many Jewish artists in Belarus, Mr. Ran was the first who had chosen Yidishkait as an art theme for his creations. “BIRDS” Кid is happy to see the «birds». The child does not understand that these ravens came to eat his dead mother. “A SICK MOTHER” Кids are carrying their mother to Minsk Ghetto fulfilling the order to move out from the Aryan part of the city. “A HELP OF A BELARUSIAN WOMAN” A Belarusian woman is helping the Jewish family with food though she does not have enough for her own children. “THE SON” This picture is the most painful for the artist. He drew his own son who could not escape from the advancing Nazis and got into a Minsk ghetto. Not a single photo remained after everything got ruined in the fires. The artist drew his son by memory. How could the artists’ heart forget the image of his beloved son? “TO PARTISANS” To stay in the ghetto meant death. The mother is ready to leave the ghetto and escape to the forest and join the partisans. «GHETTO MUSICIANS» The Nazis ordered the musicians to give concerts after each lineup. People will always remember the wonderful artist from Minsk.
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