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Holocaust artist shows life work

By Lucy McCalmont
BBC Scotland Edinburgh festivals website

Myer Lacome's Holocaust art
Myer Lacome has made collages from Holocaust pieces
Although it has been more than 60 years since the horrors of Holocaust, one Jewish man has made it his life's work to honour his family and other victims and to depict how genocide is still an issue of today.

Myer Lacome's grandparents left their homes in Russia and Poland at the turn of 20th century to come to the UK, however many other relatives stayed behind.

Mr Lacome, 80, travelled to Eastern Europe in hope of finding his family.

He learned that many had been taken to and killed in concentration camps during World War II.

In his new exhibition at The Music Library in Edinburgh, Mr Lacome depicts various social and political issues, but most poignantly conveyed is his art dedicated to the Holocaust.

Mr Lacome's exhibition contains almost 150 pieces, including collages of discarded materials, oil paintings and even a variety of music from Miles Davis to Beethoven.

Future generations

The collages span his life's experiences and travels with his late wife Jacci.

Mr Lacome said he had travelled throughout Western and Eastern Europe speaking to Holocaust survivors who, along with himself, were witness to a history and time that many people cannot connect to today.

He said: "To do this exhibition is to show future generations what happens when religious and racial prejudices are taken to the extreme."

Mr Lacome added that he hoped parallels could be drawn from his family's history to the continuing genocide of today by shaping his exhibit as a retrospective.

"It's just a repetition of what has gone on around us. All you can do is recall."

The exhibition runs from 7 August - 6 September at The Music Library in Edinburgh.


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