Gideon’s Holocaust Art Collection

One Of The World’s Most Tragic Atrocities Captured Artistically By A U.S. Army Ranger Who Was There

The Gideon Holocaust Art Collection is a remarkable record of the pain and suffering of World War II, created from the personal experiences and memories of American Master Artist and Sculptor Gideon. The experiences of World War II cast a permanent shadow of memory Gideon is unable to erase. His mind and his soul continually remind him of the horrors his vision had to endure. He is destined to paint and sculpt the images of the Holocaust; an emotional portrayal of a historic atrocity, a vivid reminder that such a shadow should not pass mankind’s way again.

This collection of powerful paintings and sculptures began in 1944 as Gideon sketched what he saw and experienced across the frontlines of Europe. When he returned home in 1946, he began painting and sculpting these memories from his many sketches and memories of POWs, victims, soldiers and battered people of the war.

Gideon created magnificent works of art from these memories, each serving as a priceless piece of history. These are some of Gideon’s most valued possessions, for they are his savored memories of one of the most terrible atrocities in history and stand to hold the memories of the millions who suffered and perished. This terrible event, burned in his soul, has continued till this day with his adding to the portrayal of it in his art.

Gideon’s life-long focus with this very special collection is that he is determined to make sure the pain and agony that occurred during the Holocaust will never be forgotten and never be repeated. Though his works portray the very depth and soul of his unforgettable war images from World War II, there is the message of hope instilled in his works.

Each step Gideon takes whether in agony or ecstasy is never empty, but filled with a force of unstoppable spirit that will proclaim him conqueror of every new horizon. His journey indeed, is an ascending one; may his works speak for both himself and history. One day, of all days, these works shall portray what is right versus what is wrong for generations to come. Never shall this dreadful event be forgotten.

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Gideon (born Elmo Gideon) passed away peacefully at his home on Dec. 21, 2010 after a lengthy illness. Gideon is survived by his wife Heather Gideon, sister Eloise Flood, daughter Terry and husband Ed Markham, son Richter and wife Kathy Gideon, granddaughter Jennifer (Markham) Mabe, and grandsons Eric and Adam Markham, and Richter Gideon Jr, and great-granddaughters Ashton and Autumn Mabe, and Bailey and Erika Markham. This site was created to give everyone a chance to participate and show their love and support for Gideon’s family.

Donations may be made online by clicking on the Donate button below, or sent to the Gideon Museum, PO Box 2956, Thomasville, Georgia, 31799.

For more information on Gideon, please visit the artist’s website www.gideonart.com.