“When I was U.S. Ambassador to the European Union during the Clinton Administration, and beginning my additional responsibilities as Special Representative to President Clinton and Secretary of State Albright on Holocaust-Era Issues, I attended an exhibition of paintings by the well-known and respected painter Joel Kass, and was deeply moved.
His paintings dealt with his experience of the Holocaust as a young child during World War II, escaping at the age of 5 with his mother from the Warsaw Ghetto, and surviving three years of cholera-infested refugee camps. Their power, their beauty, their evocative quality of his experiences have made a lasting impression on me.
I have come to know Joel Kass personally, as well, and I believe his paintings have had a restorative power for him, making him the positive, happy person he is today. I hope they will have a similar impact on everyone fortunate enough to see these masterpieces.”
- Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat
U.S. Ambassador to the European Union; Under Secretary of Commerce; Under Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of the Treasury. and Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State in the Clinton Administration, 1993-2001; Chief White House Domestic Policy Adviser to President Jimmy Carter, 1977-1981; Special Adviser on Holocaust Era Issues to Secretaries of State Hilary Clinton and John Kerry in the Obama Administration, 2009-2017