Moshe Rynecki’s body of work reached close to eight hundred paintings and sculptures before his life came to a tragic end. It was his great-granddaughter Elizabeth who sought to rediscover his legacy, setting upon a journey to seek out what had been lost but never forgotten…
The everyday lives of the Polish-Jewish community depicted in Moshe Rynecki’s paintings simply blended into the background of Elizabeth Rynecki’s life when she was growing up. But the art transformed from familiar to extraordinary in her eyes after her grandfather, Moshe’s son George, left behind journals detailing the loss her ancestors had endured during World War II, including Moshe’s art. Knowing that her family had only found a small portion of Moshe’s art, and that many more pieces remained to be found, Elizabeth set out to find them.
Before Moshe was deported to the ghetto, he entrusted his work to friends who would keep it safe. After he was killed in the Majdanek concentration camp, the art was dispersed all over the world. With the help of historians, curators, and admirers of Moshe’s work, Elizabeth began the incredible and difficult task of rebuilding his collection.
Spanning three decades of Elizabeth’s life and three generations of her family, this touching memoir is a compelling narrative of the richness of one man’s art, the devastation of war, and one woman’s unexpected path to healing.
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About the Author
Randye Kaye is an accomplished voice talent, actress, singer, broadcaster, and author. She received a Listen-Up Award nomination and starred reviews for Ben Behind His Voices, which she also wrote, bringing together the various facets of her career.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 A Jewish Girl Should Know 5
Chapter 2 The Trouble with Moshe 21
Chapter 3 Paintings 31
Chapter 4 Defying Hitler 61
Chapter 5 Displaced 77
Chapter 6 Italy 91
Chapter 7 Legacy 109
Chapter 8 Cultural Assets-Lost Art 133
Chapter 9 A Loan Request 151
Chapter 10 Gifting Moshe's Paintings 171
Chapter 11 Serendipity 189
Chapter 12 Toronto, Canada 201
Chapter 13 University of Toronto 221
Chapter 14 Schneid Archive 231
Chapter 15 Poland 241
Chapter 16 The Jewish Historical Institute 259
Chapter 17 A Tour of POLIN 271
Chapter 18 Majdanek 277
Chapter 19 Kazimierz Dolny 293
Chapter 20 Playing Ball 299
Chapter 21 Roadblocks 311
Chapter 22 A Shared Heritage 331
Chapter 23 Looking Forward 339
A Note About Sources 349
Annotated Bibliography in Regards to the Rynecki Family Story 375
Selected Bibliography 381
Known Exhibitions 387