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Looking for a Legacy

book cover image Chasing Portraits

Looking for a good read? Chasing Portraits is "a page-turning personal history of one woman's search for her grandfather’s artistic legacy."

Moshe Rynecki (1881-1943) was a Polish artist whose work detailed the everyday lives of Polish Jews in the 1920s and 1930s. Because Rynecki would not deny his heritage, he and his wife Perla entered the Warsaw ghetto. In 1942, son George got his mother out, but his father felt that he had to go “where brothers and sisters go. And if it’s death, so be it.” The last his family heard, he was on his way to a Nazi death camp.

After the war, his grandaughter Perla found a bundle of more than 100 paintings and gave them to her son, who moved to the U.S with his wife. That much of the story is fascinating, but it’s only the beginning, as the author discovers her grandfather’s memoir and begins her search for his paintings.

For more on Jews in art.
For the Kirkus review.