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Open Letter from Neal Adams & J. David Spurlock for Holocaust Survivor

Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Posted By: Kevin Powers

Open Letter from Neal Adams & J. David Spurlock for Holocaust Survivor

September 20, 2008

Dear comics pros & fans:

450 comic book creators and cartoonists around the world have signed an extraordinary petition urging the Auschwitz State Museum, in Poland, to return to Dina Babbitt the seven portraits that she was forced to paint in the Auschwitz death camp in 1944. The petition, was spearheaded by our friend Joe Kubert, and The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, whose Arts & Letters Council, I am a member of.

Now, legendary comicbook artist, Neal Adams and the Wyman Institute have launched a major new initiative on behalf of Mrs. Babbitt--an original comic strip about Mrs. Babbitt's plight, drawn by Neal (and inked partly by Joe).

Below is a special message from Neal concerning this important project, which we strongly endorse.


J. David Spurlock
Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies Arts & Letters Council Vanguard Productions


Dear friend:

By now I hope you have seen the recent feature story in the New York Times about the comic strip that I've drawn concerning Dina Babbitt, the Holocaust survivor who has been struggling to regain paintings she did in Auschwitz--paintings which are being held by the Auschwitz State Museum, in Poland.

If you haven't seen the Times article, just follow this link:

You can view all six pages of the strip by following the link in the "Multimedia" box in the left hand column of the Times site.

The reason I drew the strip --and the reason Joe Kubert collaborated with me on the inks, and Stan Lee wrote the Foreword-- is simple: to put pressure on the Auschwitz Museum to return Dina's paintings to her.

There are two things that you can do right now to help Dina in this battle.

First: send an email to the Museum director personally, expressing your outrage in your own words.

Mr. Piotr Cywinski, Director
Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
Oswiecim, Poland

Second: contribute a piece of artwork, either a new drawing or a previously-published original, to the charity auction being organized by The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies. The Institute is leading the public campaign in support of Dina (and the Institute's director, Dr. Rafael Medoff, collaborated with me on the strip). The funds they are raising will be used to intensify the Institute's activities in support of Dina.

We have already received artwork from Jim Amash, Sal Amendola, Ralph Bakshi, David Baron, Jack and Carol Bender, Jon Bogdanove, John Cassady, Hy Eisman, Ron Ferdinand, Drew Geraci, Michael T. Gilbert, Guy Gilchrist, Jackson "Butch" Guice, Paul Gulacy, Lynn Johnston, Jim Keefe, Joe Kubert, James E. Lyle, Bill Morrison, Don Perlin, John Romita, Sr. and John Romita, Jr., Dave Simons, Walter Simonson, and Mike Vosburg. Art dealer Kasra Ghanbari has contributed a number of pieces, as has art collector Rob Stolzer.

That's a good start. But we can do better.

Would you please send send something nifty? All artwork should be sent to the Wyman Institute at 11738 Lovejoy St., Silver Spring, MD 20902.



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