A Survivor’s Daughter Finds a Trove of Letters that Inspires Art

A Survivor’s Daughter Finds a Trove of Letters that Inspires Art

Credit:Illustrative (Photo: flicker/drbrett)

Shulamit Kopf’s new solo exhibition, “Moscow to Berlin,” will feature artwork inspired by her mother’s experiences in World War II, and is set to open June 22 in Krakow reports the Times of Israel:

Another of Kopf’s paintings is a map of Poland and Germany with a route in red tracing her mother’s journey to Berlin and back to Poland to find her family. Yet another has pieces of ripped postcards, telling of her mother’s travels and escapes from one place to another.

Her parents and brother never imagined things were so bad for their Polish relatives, wrote her father in a letter to his daughter. Letters came back addressed “unknown” from all the towns where relatives had lived.

But their own letters to one another survived.

“Our family doesn’t throw anything away,” said Kopf. “They saved her letters, she saved their letters. Grandfather’s university diploma, his calling card as an advocate from before the war, through all the craziness and moving continents and moving houses, all these documents were preserved” in a few drawers in Kopf’s mother’s bedroom.

Tags: Inspiration

More From Fellowship Blog

Fellowship Blog

Technion Team Develops Medical Glue to Replace Stitches in Serious Injuries

Israeli researchers developed a nontoxic glue to put the human body back together after serious injuries both externally and internally reports the Times of Israel.

Fellowship Blog

Faces of The Fellowship: Dvora

Dvora knows all about the biblical city of Tiberias, where she has lived most of her life. Today, she’s 90 years old and still cherishes memories of her youth in this holy city.

Fellowship Blog

Filling the Vacuum

Fellowship partner Shlomi Peles of the Federation of Jewish Communities of the FSU writes to the Jerusalem Post not only to lament Rabbi Eckstein's passing, but to laud the bright future of The Fellowship.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Stay informed about issues affecting Israel, the Jewish people, Jewish-Christian relations, receive daily devotionals, and more.