Nathan Rapaport, Job, 1968. Bronze, Yad Vashem National Holocaust Museum, Jerusalem. Photograph by Zvi Reiter, Yad Vashem Photo Archive.

Nathan Rapaport (1911−87) was a Jewish sculptor born in Poland. When Hitler invaded Poland, Rapaport fled to the Soviet Union, where he became a day laborer. At the end of World War II, he returned to Poland to resume his artistic career, eventually immigrating to the United States. This work, entitled Job, is one of two copies he executed to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. Rapaport believed the story of Job could convey the human suffering and test of faith that was forced upon the victims of the Holocaust. One copy is on display at Yad Vashem National Holocaust Museum in Israel and the other copy is on view in Forest Park, Queens, New York.


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