“Prague Torah Crown of 1839” by Akiva Kenny Segan. 2012. Ink, gouache, colored pencil on mat board; framed.
Segan, a Seattle-based artist since 1980, is the creator of the educational fine art series, designed for any age of audience, called “Under the Wings of G-d.”
The Torah crown and a mid-19th-century Prague synagogue key depicted in the drawing were among the 10,000 Judaica personal and communal effects, such as family heirlooms and ritual items, stolen by the Nazis during the Shoah from the Jews of Bohemia and Moravia, Czechoslovakia who were then murdered. The items were stored in Prague warehouses for a planned “Museum of the Extinct Jewish Race.”
The Jews who toiled as cataloguers of the enormous inventory of stolen possessions were themselves murdered. The drawing was inspired by photos in the
exhibition catalog book “The Precious Legacy: Judaic Treasures from the Czechoslovakia State Collections,” edited by David Altschuler (1983, Summit Books and The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services).
Proceeds from the purchase of this artwork will fund the artist’s eighth teaching trip to Israel, planned for 2014, and 25 percent will be a gift
to the Emergency Services department of Jewish Family Service of Greater Seattle. Learn more about the artwork by contacting Akiva Kenny Segan at