Burning Forest - The Art of Maria Frank Abrams (2010)

Monograph by Matthew Kangas with a preface by art historian Peter Selz and foreword by historian Deborah E. Lipstadt, published under the auspices of the Museum of Northwest Art

Opening at Art Center Gallery, Seattle Pacific University, December 1996

The artist discussing her work at the opening of her exhibition at the Seattle Pacific University Art Center gallery, December 1996, including a conversation with art professor Larry Metcalf.

The artist speaks of the motivations for her art, her life in Hungary before the Second World War, and her experiences surviving the holocaust. Interviewed in 1985 by Chris LaBeau.

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In an interview from 1995, MFA describes her childhood in a loving family in Debrecen, Hungary; the antisemitic legislation of 1938; deportation to Auschwitz (July 1944), Bergen Belsen and a satellite camp of Buchenwald in Magdeburg; liberation; and coming to the School of Art at the University of Washington on a Hillel Foundation scholarship in 1948, leading to her career as an artist.

Short TV article about the Maria Frank Abrams exhibit in Cascadia Art Museum, April 2022, King 5 station

• Interview, 1974

Interview - 1974
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• Interview conducted by Shirley Tanzer for the American Jewish Committee's William E. Wiener Oral History Library Holocaust Project, January 1976

Interview for the William E. Wiener Oral History Library Holocaust Project part 1a - 1976
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Family history, childhood and youth in Debrecen

Interview for the William E. Wiener Oral History Library Holocaust Project part 1b - 1976
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German invasion March 19, 1944, through deportation, June 27th, 1944; Auschwitz-Birkenau

Interview for the William E. Wiener Oral History Library Holocaust Project part 2a - 1976
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Interview for the William E. Wiener Oral History Library Holocaust Project part 2b - 1976
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Interview for the William E. Wiener Oral History Library Holocaust Project part 3a - 1976
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Interview for the William E. Wiener Oral History Library Holocaust Project part 3b - 1976
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Interview for the William E. Wiener Oral History Library Holocaust Project part 4a - 1976
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Transfer from Auschwitz; Bergen Belsen; Buchenwald/Magdeburg; liberation

April 1945 through February 1948: crossing Germany; return to Hungary; JDC DP camp in Linz; Hillel scholarship; Stuttgart; NY; Seattle 

Student years 1948 - 1952 at the University of Washington School of Art; marriage; return to graduate school 1962 - 1963

Opera designs; personal life; responses to Holocaust witnessing; artist's isolation; Jewish community

Professors Deborah Lipstadt and Edward Alexander; Jewish studies; antisemitism; Israel

German restitutions, Germany; America, free speech; sources and processes of artistic imagination; reflections on Holocaust 

Transcripts from the above interview are included in Voices from the Holocaust, Sylvia Rothchild, ed. (New American Library), 1981

Four Piano Miniatures after paintings by Maria Frank Abrams, by her grandson, composer Omri Abram