“Everybody — every human being — has the obligation to contribute somehow to this world”

—Edith Carter, Holocaust Survivor

Crystal Night Sculpture at CHHE

On Sunday, November 10, 2013 The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education unveiled Maria Lugossy’s exquisite, award-winning glass sculpture, Crystal Night.

November 10th not only marked the 75th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom, but also this sculpture’s North American debut. You can see it on display at The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education through Thursday, August 14, M-F 10am – 4pm and Sundays 11am – 3pm.

CHHE is grateful to the many individuals who enabled this artwork to be brought out of Hungary, so it’s artistic and educational value can be cherished and utilized for years to come.  Our initial visionaries include donors who wish to remain anonymous along with David and Nancy Wolf.  With the help of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, several community leaders also stepped forward to support these effort including Paul Heiman in honor of his friend, Werner Coppel, Bunny Meisel, Ted Schwartz, Gary and Loretta Rabiner, and Dick Weiland.


About the Artist: Maria Lugossy

Considered Hungary’s leading glass artist, Maria Lugossy studied metal sculpture at the Hungarian Academy of Applied Arts where she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from 1968 through 1975.

During her life she had over 50 solo exhibitions and contributed to over 70 group shows. She won 17 awards, including the 1992 Grand Prize at the FIDEM International Congress and Exhibition of Medal

Art, British Museum, London, U.K., and the 1992 Grand Prize at the Centre International d’ Art Contemporain, Chateau Beychevelle, France. Her works are exhibited in 25 art museums and collections in Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Lugossy’s art is unique in the fact that she highlights opposite and contrasting elements in her art. Some examples include violence vs. love, suffering vs. hope, remembering vs. forgetting and life vs. death. These are dualities that are captured in her multi-award winning works. Lugossy employed a unique process of laminating glass to create three-dimensional forms, then sandblasting areas to create a gnarled effect.

Lugossy passed away August 15, 2012. She is survived by her husband, Hungarian artist Zoltan Bohus, and three children Aron, Esther and Reka .