WYA hosts art exhibit and lecture on Joseph and Rebecca Bau


WYA members and friends gathered for an evening lecture and art exhibit presented by Hadasa Bau about the life of her parents Joseph and Rebecca Bau before and after the holocaust last September 27, 2016 held at the WYA headquarters in New York City. Hadasa shared inspiring stories on the life of her parents through photos, poems and songs.

“Joseph Bau was a graphic artist born in pre-war Poland who turned his artistic talents to forgery in order to save his fellow Jewish concentration camps inmates during the Holocaust.“My mother was also actively involved in the rescue of hundreds of female Jewish prisoners,” Hadasa shared.


“The heroism and love of Joseph and Rebecca Bau are very inspiring. It’s amazing to hear stories of people who had great courage to save people’s lives especially in their current situation. Their lives are a great reminder to young people of the beauty of life and great power of the human spirit,” one of the attendees from Europe shared after hearing about Joseph and Rebecca Bau.

Aside from the stories of heroism, Hadasa also shared the inspiring love story of their parents. “Joseph and Rebecca Bau met in the Plazow Concentration Camp, fell in love, and were secretly married in the camp barracks – a famous and remarkable scene in the movie Schindler’s List,” Hadasa shared. After the war, the couple reconstituted their lives in Israel, raised their children and contributed to their country through art infused with hope, humor and optimism.


The sisters are currently running the Joseph Bau House Museum in Israel. The location of the museum was formerly Joseph Bau’s studio and now includes various art works that made him one of the most recognized illustrators, cartoonist, and humorist of his country, Israel.

WYA wishes to thank the Bau sisters for the opportunity and to all our members and friends who came. If you would like to learn more about their story, you may visit www.josephbau.com or contact the Bau sisters through josephbau@hotmail.com or +972-544301499.