Remembering Chava Ben-Amos

Remembering the great designer, Pratt educator, and Holocaust survivor Chava Ben-Amos this Memorial Day. She passed earlier this month following bouts with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Rest in peace.

Two cuts of our OnCreativity interview with her can be found below.

Born in Prague in 1930, she and her family were sent to Auschwitz in World War II. She survived the Holocaust, emigrated to Palestine and fought in the war for Israel’s independence. She contracted polio and, as a wounded soldier, was awarded a scholarship to Bezalel Academy where she studied graphic design. She created the first series of stamps honoring the Holocaust in Israel and many other popular logos in American culture.

A more detailed telling of Chava Ben-Amos’ story can be found in this essay by Christian Cardona.

Chava also recorded testimony about her experience during the Holocaust through the Shoah Foundation, and it can be seen here

With the “OnCreativity” series, Plazm explores the nature of creativity and how it works via informal interviews with designers, artists, musicians, animators, and educators. Like creativity itself, their differing points of view inspire, provoke, confuse, and delight.

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2 Responses to Remembering Chava Ben-Amos

  1. Ad Tolhuijs says:

    Until early this year 2018 I occasionally corresponded with my good “old” friend Chava. When I started working for a leading NY design company in September 1964, a month later Chava joined the company. Her friend and later husband had not yet arrived from Israel. Chava and I become very close friends, a friendship that was continued when I returned to the USA (from Switzerland) in 1969 and worked again with her at the same design firm. She and I had shared many discussions about WW2, where she had been in the infamous camp in Auschwitz, whereas I lived through the hunger and German terror in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    Unfortunately, one year later she left the company while I stayed till I moved to Columbia in 1972. Only many years later, in fact only a few years ago,I found her address and picked up our contact. I planned to visit her in NY but only today I found out that she has passed away. I feel it as a great loss. I will always remember her kindly.
    Ad Tolhuijs, Buerglen / Switzerland

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