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June 15, 2014

Gouache or gauche: your vocabulary lesson for today

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:49 am

I was startled to read in the news today about the paintings of Charlotte Salomon, a “German-born artist” who was killed, “while pregnant,” by the Nazis in 1943 “at only age 26” in “the gas chambers of Auschwitz.”

Gouche painting by Charlotte Salomon

Gouache painting by Charlotte Salomon

According to the news article, which you can read in full here:

German-born artist Charlotte Salomon created more than 1,300 gouache paintings in her short life. It was remarkable enough in its own right, but even more so considering her dire circumstances.

After I read this, I had to look up the meaning of the word Gouache, because I thought that the painting which was shown, along with the article, was “gauche” or an example of Degenerate art.

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, gauche means “crudely made or done.”  To me, that describes Ms. Salomon’s art.  Sorry, but I am not a fan of Gouache.

I previously blogged about Degenerate Art on this blog post:

Selfie done by Charlotte Salomon

Selfie done by Charlotte Salomon

According to the news article:

The majority of her paintings completed between 1941 and 1943 were created while hiding from the Nazis in the south of France…” […]

In the early years of World War II, Salomon fled to the south of France, holing up in a hotel room where she spent two years tirelessly painting the history of her life. That history included a body of more than 1,300 drawn and expressively-colored gouache paintings conceived as a sort of autobiographical operetta on paper. […]

By all accounts, the power of her work is not only in viewing the expressive individual pieces but experiencing them as a gestalt, which the museum exhibition makes possible.

The meaning of Gestalt:

I looked up Charlotte Salomon on Wikipedia, and found that the exact date of her death is known: October 10, 1943.

This means the end of Holocaust denial. Apparently, the Nazis DID record the names of the Jews who were gassed, along with the dates, contrary to what Bradley Smith has been trying to tell us.  Bradley maintains that the names of the Jews, who were gassed, are unknown, but what does he know?

This quote, which gives the date of Charlotte Salomon’s death in the gas chamber, is from Wikipedia:

Charlotte Salomon (April 16, 1917 – October 10, 1943) was a German-Jewish artist born in Berlin. She is primarily remembered as the creator of an autobiographical series of paintings Leben? oder Theater?: Ein Singspiel (Life? or Theater?: A Song-play) consisting of 769 individual works painted between 1941 and 1943 in the south of France, while Salomon was in hiding from the Nazis.


  1. News article: “The majority of her paintings completed between 1941 and 1943 were created while hiding from the Nazis in the south of France.”

    Those paintings were not “created while hiding from the the Nazis” because Charlotte Salomon lived in Nice at that time. Nice was in the “demilitarized zone” bordering Italy between 1940 and November 1942 ( Between November 1942 and September 1943, Nice was occupied by the Italians (Italian “occupation zone”), not the Nazis. In their “occupation zone”, the Italians refused to round up and deport the Jews, even making Ribbentrop complain to Mussolini that “Italian military circles… lack a proper understanding of the Jewish question”. In July 1943, the Allied landed in Sicily, and in September 1943, Italy signed an armistice with the Allies, so causing the German invasion of Italy and the Italian “occupation zone” in France.

    From September 1939 to September 1943, Nice was even “a city of refuge for many displaced foreigners, notably Jews fleeing the Nazi progression into Eastern Europe”. “From Nice many [Jews] sought further shelter in the French colonies, Morocco and North and South America.” (

    The Holocaust industry is amazing. Daring turn a young Jewess who lived in a “city of refuge” not occupied by the Nazis and from where she could have easily emigrated far away into a kind of French Anne Frank who had to live in fear and hide from the Nazis for years is just Kolossaaaal Chutzpah! What a herd of liars!

    Comment by hermie — June 15, 2014 @ 4:59 pm

    • Thanks for telling us this. This makes her story even worse.

      Comment by furtherglory — June 15, 2014 @ 5:59 pm

      • I find it more than tiresome to constantly read about this, that or the other yahweist who hid out writing, painting, scribbling, forging, stealing or any other pass time of their choosing.

        They did nothing to contribute to the effort of any nation and then went around killing the defenceless as always.

        Comment by thestoker — June 16, 2014 @ 6:55 am

  2. There is a synagogue in Prague with the names of all the 70-odd thousand Jews ‘murdered’ by the Germans painted on the interior walls, which includes all dates of births and deaths. However, when the date of death is not known, the date of deportation is shown.

    It doesn’t make clear though whether the “death” date is the actual death of the person or just their deportation

    Comment by DB — June 15, 2014 @ 1:46 pm

  3. Wikipedia has a category/tag devoted to ‘People killed by gas chamber by Nazi Germany’

    Looking at a number of entries randomly, I found all but one had an exact/fixed date of death — the exception said August, 1944. But I did not look at all of them.

    Comment by eah — June 15, 2014 @ 12:58 pm

    • Thanks for giving us this link. I wrote about Edith Stein on my blog.

      This quote is from my blog post on Edith Stein:

      Begin quote
      In spite of the fact that Edith Stein was a Catholic and was living in the Netherlands, she was arrested in 1942 because she had been born a Jew; she was sent to the Westerbork transit camp, the same place from which Anne Frank was sent to Auschwitz. From Westerbrook, she was sent, on August 7, 1942, on a train to Auschwitz.

      Edith Stein was 51 years old at that time, and she was a Carmelite nun in the Catholic Church. She had a PhD in philosophy and was experienced as a teacher in a University. However, there wasn’t much demand for her skills at Auschwitz, except for her experience as a nursing assistant.

      If Dr. Mengele had been at the Judenrampe when she arrived at Auschwitz in the summer of 1942, he would have waved her to the right, so that she could help with the victims of the typhus epidemic. In his absence, she was sent immediately to the gas chamber in “the little white house.”
      End quote

      Comment by furtherglory — June 15, 2014 @ 2:34 pm

    • …she was sent, on August 7, 1942, on a train to Auschwitz.

      Both the English and German Wikipedia pages on her say she died on August 9. So it seems it’s assumed the trip took two days (not unreasonable, I guess), and she was immediately gassed on arrival.

      At times Wikipedia insists on some kind of footnote-like documentation for claims made in their articles — everyone reading this has seen Wikipedia articles tagged as lacking supporting links etc. But I bet if you were to edit the article on Edith Stein and remove the fixed/exact date of death, justifying the edit by saying there is no proof of the date of her death (or that she was gassed, for that matter), a Wikipedia monitor would revoke your edit, and your IP address may very well be banned from further editing.

      Comment by eah — June 16, 2014 @ 2:29 am

  4. I accept that she died in a concentration camp, and that the date of her death was (there) recorded. What I wonder about is, where/what is there that records that she was gassed?

    Comment by Jett Rucker — June 15, 2014 @ 11:32 am

    • Every Jew who died in a concentration camp was gassed. There were no typhus epidemics, and Zyklon-B was not used to disinfect the clothing.

      Comment by furtherglory — June 15, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

      • All 20 million of ’em

        Comment by Schlageter — June 15, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

    • Jett Rucker wrote: “where/what is there that records that she was gassed?”

      Even Zionist-edited Wikipedia says that she “was probably gassed on the same day that she arrived there (at Auschwitz)” ( Probably, or in other words, pure speculation… 😉

      Comment by hermie — June 15, 2014 @ 5:05 pm

  5. Thanks much for this one. If Wikipedia says it . . . . I’ll look around. This may change my life.

    Comment by Bradley Smith — June 15, 2014 @ 10:24 am

    • Is it really you Bradley? I am honored that you would comment on my blog. Thanks for all the good work that you are doing.

      Comment by furtherglory — June 15, 2014 @ 2:40 pm

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