Many soul-telling memories have been told that describe the atrocities of the Holocaust and their impact on various aspects of society in general and survivors in particular.
An incredible story tells how the renowned artist Nicky Imber actually managed to flee with his artistic skills ingeniously from the Nazi concentration camp Dachau.
The young Imber was born in Vienna in 1920 and was artistically interested at a young age. His family, feeling that the conditions for the Jews deteriorated rapidly, tried to leave Austria, but was consistently rejected by the National Socialist authorities. During this time, Imber's extraordinary talent enabled him to be admitted to the renowned Vienna Academy of the Arts.
While studying at the art school, he provoked controversy by drawing anti-Nazi cartoons for Jewish student publications. Soon afterwards, in 1938, he and his family were transferred to the Dachau National Socialist concentration camp.
When he saw his family and other people killed, his pain turned to anger as he planned to escape. Over the next few months, he skillfully crafted a face mask of bread and sand with the skills he had learned at art school. While waiting for a good time, he could steal the uniform of a Nazi soldier. Later, when he had disguised himself with the mask he had made, and with the uniform of the Nazi soldier, he could go unnoticed out the front gate!
Unfortunately, Imber's ordeal did not end, even after this daring escape. The conditions were far too dangerous for him to stay in the country, so he decided that the risk of getting caught was better than staying. He managed to board a ship that was going to Haifa in Israel, hoping to start a new life in freedom. When the ship arrived at the port of Haifa, the British authorities stopped them and the passengers of the ship were denied entry to Israel.
As if this incident had not been enough demoralizing and hurtful, after the horrors of Dachau Imber and the rest of the passengers were taken to a detention center in Mauritius.
Imber promised to devote his artistic life to remembering the Holocaust.
After the war, Imber's artistic reputation grew to an international level and in 1978 he finally fulfilled a long-standing dream. For three years he designed and built the Holocaust Memorial Park in Karmiel, Israel, entitled "From the Holocaust to the Resurrection." His famous sculpture "Hope" is exhibited among the many sculptures found in this memorial park on Holocaust themes.
Toward the end of his life, he returned to his birthplace and closed a symbolic circle:
He died in 1996 in Vienna.