Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust
Presentation by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

ONLINE VA, United States

Lest future generations know more about how Jews died than how they lived, Mayer Kirshenblatt (1916-2009) made it his mission to remember the world of his childhood in images and words. Born in Opatów (Apt in Yiddish), Mayer left for Canada in 1934 at the age of 17. He had always told his family stories about growing up in Poland before the Holocaust. After his family begged him to paint what he could remember, Mayer finally picked up his brush in 1989 at the age of 73. To his amazement, the town of his childhood emerged in living color. Painting by painting, story by story, he had recreated the entire world of his youth. He created hundreds of paintings and [...]