With Dream Awakened Eyes

Published July 22, 2020 by rochellewisoff

I feel that more of Charlotte’s story needs to be told. So bear with me as I double dip this week.

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100


Following her grandparents’ deaths, a doctor suggested Charlotte take up painting to ease her depression. She lost herself in gouache. Every day her paintbrushes illustrated her life story.  Humming, she rendered herself as a child waiting for her angel mother to return from heaven. Sketching by the sea. The Wehrmacht marching through the streets.  

            “I become them all,” she said. “I travel their paths. No power on earth can stop me.”

            One night, she handed Dr. Moridis her hundreds of masterpieces. “Keep these safe, they are my whole life.”

            Months later Charlotte Salomon and her unborn child perished in Auschwitz.

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66 comments on “With Dream Awakened Eyes

  • Beautiful! I went to the Royal Academy’s fabulous exhibition (twice!) of Charlotte’s paintings twenty years ago in London. The audio guide had opera pieces because I think her mother was a famed opera singer. She was very very talented and died very very young.

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    • מיכל יקרה

      I can imagine what an amazing exhibit that must’ve been. It seems she knew she was living on borrowed time and made the most of every extra minute. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.



  • What a shocker that a paint tray would inspire you to double-dip! In the age of COVID, make sure that’s the only double-dipping you’re doing.

    I totally agree with the doctor. Art is cathartic. The world is full of beautiful art spawned from pain.

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    Well worth the double-dip, that is for sure. One can only imagine just how much she would have created had she not perished as she did. She was already quite prolific! Wonderful part deux.

    Shalom and lotsa love,


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  • Oh, Rochelle.

    The stories of man’s inhumanity must be told, written, read, and depicted in art. Evil lurks, often much too close, not simply hidden behind an old uniform.

    Peace with courage,


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  • Oh, what a story. Thank you for bringing it to light for me, Rochelle. I enjoyed the New Yorker article and seeing her works. I wrote some stories for you, a bit lighter than your story to this prompt, which whetted my appetite to learn more of Charlotte.

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  • Thank you for sharing both the stories, Rochelle. Loved them.

    Art can be so cathartic.
    I’m glad she had something worthwhile to fall back on.

    A great life cut short. But her paintings live on.

    Have a good weekend!

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  • This is a heartbreaking story. Her paintings are stunning and her life so tragic–one of six millions. Thank you for writing about Charlotte Salomon and for sharing more information about her. I love the paintings.

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    • Dear Gabriella,

      How easily the words “six million” rolls off the tongue. Six million individual souls with hopes, dreams and futures cut short. I guess that’s one of the reasons I write these kinds of stories. To remind myself. When faced with an individual such as Charlotte Salomon, the number narrows down to another bright candle snuffed aborning. Thank you.



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