David Levinthal’s Mein Kampf

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Julianna Ritter December 2, 2010 David Levinthal’s Mein Kampf James Young writes about David Levinthal and his memories associated with the Holocaust. He first brings up that his memories are most associated with the toys he had at the time, claiming that this was his visual reality. James argues however that David Levinthal takes images and imitations of reality rather than reality itself into context when engaged in his art (photography). Levinthal’s work Mein Kampf is a staged tableaux of wartime images depicting toy Nazis and soldiers. Young then goes through the article, listing the symbolic and cultural importance of the toys existence in Levinthal’s work. The toys as cultural icons, according to Young, are symbols to “demonumentalize” their worldly counterparts. These figures take on a fantastical role in the imaginations of children, while still remaining as monuments for older audiences. There is always the struggle between history and memory. While his exhibition Mein
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This note was uploaded on 08/15/2011 for the course ART HIST 212 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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