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  Susan Weinberg
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Dvora's Story

I never quite got the concept of a muse until I met my friend Dvora. Dvora has proven to be an engine for creativity and now warrants a series named after herself.

We met in an unusual manner.  I was doing a website for Jewishgen.org on the town that my grandfather had come from.  The website, a Kehilalink, is designed to help others who are researching their Jewish ancestry from a particular community.  I had connected with a gentleman in Israel who had told me that he knew someone in Israel who knew a survivor in my community who was from this particular town.  He  sent me the person's contact information, but I was occupied with other projects at the time and put it on the back burner.  It soon got lost in my voluminous email box.  A few months later I gave a talk and a woman came up to me afterwards to tell me that she had just met someone from this town in our community. You guessed it, same person. 

Dvora and I often say we met through "beshert", fate. Six months after we met, we went to Poland to exhibit my artwork and the photos she had from before the war and during the time of the ghetto, photos that were hidden in her family members' shoes during the camps.  Eighty--five years ago our family members were listed at the same address in Radom so it only seems fitting that we should meet in the United States and become dear friends.

Dvora was fifteen when the Germans invaded Poland and was in the Radom forced labor camp, Auschwitz and then Bergen-Belsen. She
has been a long-time Holocaust educator and together we often give talks on the Holocaust.  It was a natural evolution to begin to do paintings that tell her story.  I've also completed a set of interviews with her about her stories.

It is an interesting process to interview someone on topics that most people skirt out of discomfort.  I ask her questions about minutia that allow me to envision and recreate the setting or the feeling accurately. Because she is sight impaired our communication is through words.  I can't ask her if I've gotten it right, I can only describe what I have done to represent her story.  I have used this work in Holocaust education efforts as I believe it is through story that we begin to comprehend another person's experience.
                                                     
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Beneath the Stairs 2014
    Acrylic on Canvas 30"x24"
 Don't Follow Me 2014
    Acrylic on Canvas 30" x 24"  
We Walk Together 2013
Acrylic on Canvas 24"x30"






 
   In the Guise of Darkness 2014
      Acrylic on Canvas 48" x 24"

The Exchange 2014
Acrylic on Canvas 30" x 24"

Liberation 2015
Acrylic on Canvas 30" x 24
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