US285 – Skeleton Hand – Holocaust Tile by Rola Mustafa


This artwork by Rola Mustafa is inspired by “Night” by Elie Wiesel and the Tile Wall at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. This tile represents the prisoners at Auschwitz and the world outside of the camp. The skeleton hand represents the prisoners who had been starved to the point where they resembled skeletons. The prison bars represent the death camps. The seasons behind the bars represent the world moving on without doing anything to stop this injustice. The tile reflects the message that if people are ignorant or purposefully ignore injustices and genocides, they will continue happening.

School: Lyndhurst High School

Teacher: Tanya Pastor

Grade: Grade 10

Location: Lyndhurst, New Jersey, United States


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