Illuminated Productions

The Films

Illuminated Productions has produced five films about Arthur Szyk and his works, featured below. For additional Historicana videos, visit our YouTube page.

  • Soldier in Art: Arthur Szyk - America’s Weapon against Nazi Germany. Sixty-four paintings are set to an original score by composer Richard Friedman. His four-part suite interprets Arthur Szyk’s visual commentary on American democracy, the horrors of Nazism and the Holocaust, and the rebirth of the Jewish people in the land of Israel. Together, the images and the music express the essence of Szyk’s activism, dramatically capturing why Szyk called himself "FDR’s solider in art." Produced in 2013. Length 9:45. Click on the image below to see the film. DVD available upon request.


  • In 1940 Polish-Jewish artist Arthur Szyk emigrated to America, the land of his ideals. He became a leading visual voice against the Nazis and advocated for the rescue of European Jews. Sixty-four paintings set to an original score dramatically capture why Szyk called himself “FDR’s soldier in art.”

  • In Every Generation: Remaking The Szyk Haggadah – This film follows the artisan publication of the new edition of The Szyk Haggadah where the viewer can experience the production process, learn about the craftsmen and scholars behind its creation, and see the expertise and care in every aspect of this masterpiece. Produced in 2008. Length 17:00
  • Arthur Szyk: Soldier in ArtA Polish Jew stirs America to action against the Nazis with his passionate art and savage wit. This film documents the introduction of the artist Arthur Szyk to a group of students and teachers at Mercer Island High School in Seattle, Washington. Irvin Ungar, encourages the students to share their reaction to world that is as vivid, profound, and worthy of discussion today as it was over 60 years ago. Produced in 2006. Length 14:44.

  • Friends of Arthur Szyk: Celebrating a Soldier in ArtA tribute paid to Arthur Szyk by those most familiar with his work. Brief interviews are shown with Steven Heller, Dr. Johannes Zechner, Katja Widmann, Art Spiegelman, Daniel Rose, Dr. Byron Sherwin, Dr. John Pawlikowski, and Tom L. Freudenheim. Produced in 2017. Length 8:11.

  • Father John Pawlikowski Reflects: Nostra Aetate and Arthur SzykFather John Pawlikowski discusses the dynamic interface between the Catholic Church, Arthur Szyk, and the Holocaust. Focusing on the concepts of individual agency and the application of spirituality in taking responsibility for human history, Pawlikowski places Szyk at the center of the discourse of confronting ideologies. Produced in 2015. Length 5:39.

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