Shalom Life | January 29, 2015

Artist Envisions The Simspons as Jews During the Holocaust

With 'The Simpsons NEVER AGAIN', Alexsandro Palombo draws the iconic cartoon family imprisoned at Auschwitz in honor of the 70th anniversary of the camp's liberation

By: Daniel Koren

Published: January 28th, 2015 in News » World

Photo: Bart being persecuted by a Nazi

Credit: Alexsandro Palombo

In honor of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the most notorious of the death camps established by the Nazis during the Holocaust and World War II, an artist named Alexsandro Palombo has contributed his own way of commemorating the victims of the Holocaust.

By using characters from the iconic animated TV show, The Simpsons, possibly the most-recognized family in television history, Palombo is able to speak to the masses and educate about the atrocities of the Holocaust, by envisioning Bart, Homer, Marge, Lisa and Maggie as Jews imprisoned at the Auschwitz death camp.

Through a series of illustrated photos titled "The Simpsons NEVER AGAIN", Palombo depicts the TV family as if they were experiencing the Holocaust themselves, showing the family malnourished, sick, and hungry, Bart being targeted by a Nazi soldier (wearing the yellow Jude star), and other such depressing illustrations.

Needless to say, you've never seen The Simpsons family in such grave, unthinkable scenarios (nor have we ever seen Homer so thin).

"'Never Again' is an invitation to reflection, an artwork to raise awareness, an indictment against intolerance, a punch to inhumanity," Palombo said.

"We must educate the new generations and tell them what happened. We have to do it without filters, bluntly, over and over again, through the memory of facts and terrifying images that reflect the horror of the Holocaust and the extermination of millions of human beings," he added. "It is only through memory that we are able to fight racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and all forms of intolerance that threaten the society."

Palombo's photos come after International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and in the wake of BBC's controversial twitter question, asking if it was time for us to 'stop' talking about the Holocaust.

Through Palombo's words, and thought-provoking animations, the answer comes rather simply: we must always educate others about the perils of the Shoah, the worst genocide of the 20th century, in a bid to ensure that such atrocities shall never again occur.

View the photos below:

Images courtesy of Alexsandro Palombo

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