Blog

This blog starts with the period from 29th January to the 4th March 2013 and a trip to work at the Grafikwerkstatt in Dresden , my mother’s home city. The newest blog is always at the top and you need to scroll down for older posts. There is also some additional material on Facebook.

Here Lived a film by Monica Petzal

In September 2022, we gathered in Berlin to lay Stolpersteine for six of our immediate family who died in the Shoah. The ceremony was filmed by Maria Aguilar, and I have worked with editor Eileen Haring Woods to create this film. Email monicapetzal@gmail.com to contact me about this film and the issues it raises.

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European Judaism from the Leicester Conference

In 2021 I made a presentation in Leicester about the making of the prints for my exhibition Dissent and Displacement which was in the New Walk Museum from February 2020 until lockdown. As a result the organisers of the conference were asked by European Judaism if they could publish the papers, to which I gladly […]

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Margate , “To a Death in Sweating Wakefulness’

This is the exhibition text for Margate: My parents were German Jewish refugees. My mother Lore Isakowitz (born 1915) and her family fled Dresden for London in 1936. My father Harry Petzal (born 1908) fled Berlin in August 1939. He left behind the rest of his family, who only escaped as far as Holland. Harry’s […]

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Dismantling the Coventry Dresden Towers

Well the towers are no more and the lovingly (and expensively) made construction has been consigned to the scrap yard of art though much of the wood has been salvaged for re-use on another project. The prints however are safe and sound. None of this take down would have been possible without the intervention of […]

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Herbert School Project

What a great time I had working in December and January with pupils from Whitley Academy in Coventry. The girls were enthusiastic, full of ideas and worked liked crazy after hours at school to complete their archival Coventry Monopoly Board. I set them the idea based on the thought that this could combine research in […]

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A New Year

I greeted the New Year in Suffolk but shortly after went to Berlin which was suitably wintry, snowy and freezing.As well as visiting my family I was able to see some excellent exhibitions, Max Beckmann at the Berlinisches Galerie was an absolute treat with more self portraits grouped together than I had ever seen. There […]

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A good week

Now safely back in Suffolk and reflecting on a tremendous 5 days in Coventry. The launch on Tuesday night at both the Herbert and the cathedral went well. I was not prepared for the lengths to which the Herbert had gone to organise the opening. There was a string quartet, excellent canapés and drink, speeches […]

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