Education Materials

The past decade has seen a resurgence of interest in the life and art of Arthur Szyk, as numerous new books and articles about him can attest. Whether you are building a reference library for a museum, your local school, or for your own personal use, the following list of resources will prove invaluable.

 

 

 

Should you need help finding a title, please contact us at info@szyk.org.

Highschool seniors in Berlingame, California view Arthur Szyk's "Satin Leads"

High school seniors in Burlingame, California view Szyk’s “Satan Leads the Ball”.

Books & Exhibition Catalogues

Arthur Szyk: Artist, Jew, Pole
by Joseph P. Ansell
Portland: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2004

Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk
by Irvin D. Ungar
Chicago: Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, 1998
2nd edition: Frog and Historicana: Berkeley, CA and Burlingame, CA, 1999

Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk—A Study Guide
by Byron L. Sherwin
Burlingame: The Arthur Szyk Society, 2002

The Art and Politics of Arthur Szyk
by Steven Luckert
Washington, D.C.: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2002

Arthur Szyk—Drawing Against National Socialism and Terror [bilingual German/English edition] by Katja Widmann and Johannes Zechner
Berlin: Deutsches Historisches Museum, 2008

The Szyk Haggadah
by Byron L. Sherwin with Irvin D. Ungar
New York: Abrams Books, 2011

Freedom Illuminated: Understanding The Szyk Haggadah.
by Byron L. Sherwin and Irvin D. Ungar
Burlingame: Historicana, 2008

Indignant Jewish Illuminator [Japanese edition] by Rinjiro Sodei
Tokyo: Shakai Hyoronsha, 2007

Arthur Szyk [Yiddish edition] by S.L. Shneiderman
Tel Aviv: I.L. Peretz Publishing House, 1980

Film & Broadcast

In Every Generation: Remaking The Szyk Haggadah
Directed by Jim Ruxin
Illuminated Productions, 2008, DVD

Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art
Directed by Jim Ruxin
Illuminated Productions, 2006, DVD

Arthur Szyk—Illuminator
Directed by Piotr Zarȩbski
Marta TV in conjunction with Polish TV, 2005, DVD

Arthur Szyk’s Earliest Cartoons
History Detectives, PBS, national broadcast July 18, 2005

When Do We Eat? (My Big Fat Jewish Seder)
Directed by Salvador Litvak
The DVD edition includes the feature “Visual Inspiration: The Szyk Haggadah,” with commentary by:
• Rabbi Mordecai Finley, Ohr HaTorah Congregation, Los Angeles
• Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz, Chai Center, Los Angeles
• Rabbi Mark Blazer, Temple Beth Ami, Los Angeles
• Rabbi Irvin Ungar, Curator, The Arthur Szyk Society

Online Exhibitions

The Art and Politics of Arthur Szyk
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM)
View the USHMM exhibition online.

Arthur Szyk – Drawing Against National Socialism and Terror
Deutsches Historisches Museum
View the DHM exhibition online.

Arthur Szyk: Artist for Freedom
The Library of Congress
View the LoC exhibition online.
View the webcast of Society Curator Irvin Ungar’s 2011 presentation at the Library of Congress.

Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk
The Arthur Szyk Society
View The Society’s traveling exhibition online.

Articles & Papers

“Calling Out From the Depths: Arthur Szyk’s ‘De profundis’ and Holocaust Protest in the United States”
by Darlene Miller-Lanning
The Arthur Szyk Society Art History Publication Series No. 1 (2004)

“Democracy’s Weapon: Arthur Szyk in America”
by Harry Katz
The Arthur Szyk Society Art History Publication Series No. 2 (2004)

“The Civil Rights Art of Arthur Szyk”
by Paul Von Blum
The Arthur Szyk Society Art History Publication Series No. 3 (2005)

“Documents as a Palette of Life: The Genealogical Self-Portrait of Arthur Szyk”
by Rhoda Miller
The Arthur Szyk Society Art History Publication Series No. 4 (2008)

“Arthur Szyk: Heraldic Artist”
by David F. Phillips
The Arthur Szyk Society Art History Publication Series No. 5 (2011)

“Arthur Szyk’s Depiction of the ‘New Jew’: Art as a Weapon in the Campaign for an American Response to the Holocaust”
by Joseph P. Ansell
American Jewish History – Volume 89, Number 1 (March 2001): 123-134.

“Art Against Prejudice: Arthur Szyk’s Statute of Kalisz”
by Joseph P. Ansell
The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts 14 (Autumn 1989): 46-63.

Newsletters
The Arthur Szyk Society has published an annual newsletter every year since 1998. Read the latest issue, or view the newsletters in our archive.