Sierra Moore: Roman Art

Roman Art was an extremely relevant part of ancient Roman’s lives. They were greatly inspired by the awe evoking works created by the Greeks, and their work often reflected the Greek’s themes. Sculptures were one aspect of ancient Roman art. Most sculptures were large stone creations that portrayed an everyday Roman activity or scene; these would often be hung on walls of a wealthy person’s home. Other types of sculptures included busts which were placed in gardens, libraries, and other main rooms of a Roman’s home. Mosaics, another popular form of ancient Roman art, were littered within Roman villas. Romans used many sizes and shapes of tiny pieces of stone, called tesserae, to portray an image in these mosaics. They were used to depict various everyday items like clothing, foods, and tools. Art was mainly exhibited in a wealthy Roman villa. Different rooms within this villa had different types of artwork and decor. For example, in the Vestibulum, there were often floor mosaics that portrayed messages like “welcome” or “beware of the dog”.

 

Survivor Letter- Sierra Moore

Virginia Holocaust Museum

2000 East Cary Street

Richmond, VA 23223

December 7, 2014

 

Dear Eva Galler:

I hope you are doing well. My name is Sierra Moore, I am a curator at the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond, VA. Recently, the museum has been privileged with many rare photographs from the time during the Holocaust. While examining and researching some of these photographs I came across something very interesting. I noticed your story was posted online (http://www.holocaustsurvivors.org/survivors.php), and I was astonished to find many similarities between this story and one of the photographs the museum has been given. I would love to acquire more information about this photograph and your story for our exhibition. It would be great if you could help me out.

 

Your story describes how you were forced onto a train that would be taking you to a Jewish death camp. You described how it was very packed and there was a lot of chaos. Also, your story describes how many people, including you, tried to escape the train by jumping off and how many people were shot and killed by the Nazis. However, you escaped and managed to survive. You also discussed in your story the corpses of the people who didn’t make it were lining the sides of the railroad, including your sister and brother. In the picture that I examined there is a train that seems to be very packed with many people and along the side of the track is a mass amount of corpses, very similar to how you described.

 

The Virginia Holocaust Museum would be honored to use your story in our exhibit to try and describe these terrible events in our history. If you do allow us to use your story it would also be very helpful if you could answer a few questions to help me better understand your experience. First, I’d like to know if there was ever a moment of doubt or second guessing before you jumped off of the train. If so what were your doubts? You describe in your story how your father told you and 2 of your siblings to jump out of the train but your younger siblings were to stay behind. You heard your little brother say “I want to live too.” How did that make you feel and how were you able to cope with knowing that the rest of your family was most likely going to die? Finally how did you move forward after finding your brother and sister dead?

 

Thank you for sharing your story and showing everyone an example of the tragedies of that time. I hope that this exhibition will be able to further inform people about the gruesome and tragic events of the Holocaust and prevent anything like it ever happening again.

 

Sincerely,

Sierra Moore

(Link to story: http://www.holocaustsurvivors.org/data.show.php?di=home&da=survivors&ke=6)

Link to photograph