My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
In the crucifixion, we see the deepest point of pain and abandonment. The Father’s back is turned. He is alone. The head is thrown up in a cry and the fingers on the hands are open and turned upward, looking but not finding.
The Holocaust figure is throwing his arms behind him almost like he is throwing himself through time. The one who perished said these words of God’s abandonment. The same words spoken over sixty years later by the survivor “Where was God?” In this panel the identification between the crucifixion and the Holocaust is so strong that the figure crucified also has his head shaved and his arm numbered.