Discovering Testimonies Off the Beaten Path: Three Women in Galicia
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In September 2018, on a trip to Dynów, my grandmother’s home town in Galicia, my Dynower pal, Jurek Warchoł told me about three people he knew who had stories to tell about the Jewish people they lived with before the war.
Jurek, a rare English speaking Polish Galitzianer who I met on my first trip to my ancestral home town of Dynów in 2013, was always on the lookout for people who were alive before the war started, who may have stories to tell about the Jewish people in their towns, communities who made up such a large portion of the population and were therefore so significant a part of the normal everyday life until the Nazis invaded.
Jurek, as a good friend, had adopted my mission to help me reconstruct what my grandmother’s life was like, and perhaps what her life would have been like if not for the pogroms and then the Holocaust. These reconstructions are what I paint and what I write about. I am a history-portrait painter.
In this particular trip in 2018, Jurek had lined up for me to talk to three women, from different places …
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