Living in the Liminal Space of Dream and Reality

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  • Title: Living in the Liminal Space of Dream and Reality: Children’s Drawings of the Holocaust
  • Author(s): Ute Haring, Reesa Sorin, Nerina J. Caltabiano
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Arts in Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Arts Theory and History
  • Keywords: Holocaust Children’s Drawings, CID Method of Analysis, Children’s Art
  • Volume: 13
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2017
  • ISSN: 2326-9952 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-1779 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2326-9952/CGP/v13i01/1-15
  • Citation: Haring, Ute, Reesa Sorin, and Nerina J. Caltabiano. 2017. "Living in the Liminal Space of Dream and Reality: Children’s Drawings of the Holocaust." The International Journal of Arts Theory and History 13 (1): 1-15. doi:10.18848/2326-9952/CGP/v13i01/1-15.
  • Extent: 15 pages

Abstract

This article reports on a document study of children’s drawings from the Terezin concentration camp during the Holocaust years of 1941–45. The research discusses drawings, first as a background to the Holocaust, where children were living in that liminal space between dream and reality. Next, using Haring’s Content, Interpretive and Developmental (CID) method of analysis, an exploration of children’s lives—as expressed through their drawings—is presented. Within this liminal space, emotions such as despair, depression, and fear accompanied by intuitive knowledge, memory, resilience, and wellness were experienced. The Terezin drawings demonstrate children’s intuitive knowledge and feelings of foreboding, as well as their resilience and hope for the future.