Jeswald, the son of an Ohio factory worker was born in 1927 and raised in an Italian-American enclave in the village of Leetonia. During World War II, he joined the service, went to Germany in 1945 and was among the first Americans to enter the concentration camps.
He saw Dachau. "He entered those death camps as a 17-year-old Catholic boy and came out somebody completely different," Hester Jeswald, his widow, said. "He had no idea that this kind of horror could happen. His paintings have always had black in them and that's where this comes from." Jeswald studied in Paris at the Academy Julien, and was hand-picked to train with French abstract artist Fernard Leger.
When he returned to the United States, he settl
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