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Elizabeth Rynecki
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Elizabeth is preserving and searching for her Polish great-grandfather's art gone missing after the Second World War. Moshe Rynecki, her great-grandfather, was a Warsaw based artist who painted the Polish-Jewish community in the interwar years. She has a BA in Rhetoric from Bates College ('91) and an MA in Rhetoric and Speech Communication from UC Davis ('94). Her Master's thesis focused on children of Holocaust survivors. Elizabeth is passionate about sharing her great-grandfather’s paintings with others. To this end she is working on the Chasing Portraits documentary film project as well as a book about her family’s efforts to preserve her great-grandfather’s story and oeuvre of work. She is the daughter and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors.

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Shadows of the Past and the Winds of War

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 12:26 PM

There's an opinion piece by Anne Applebaum making its way around the internet, "War in Europe Is Not a Hysterical Idea." In it she talks about looking at photographs of Polish families from the summer of 1939 and wishing they had dropped everything and RUN. She then writes,...

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The Art of Moshe Rynecki

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 4:00 PM

The category of Jewish Art History cannot simply be subsumed into a generalized European art history. The modern artist as the author-agent of the work of art is a relatively new persona and figure for Jews, emerging only in the nineteenth century along with greater historical movements of emancipation for...

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Jewish Heir Searching for Lost Family Art

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 11:59 AM

With Clooney's Monuments Men film now viewed by many audiences, and the revelations of the Gurlitt trove of art in Germany, there has been a lot of publicity about the lost and looted art of the Second World War. While much of the recent interest in looted art...

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