Elizabeth Rynecki
CHASING PORTRAITS: a Great-Granddaughter’s Search for her Lost Art Legacy

Thursday, April 24, 7:00pm
Free to Public
Location: Havurah Shalom, 825 NW 18th Ave. | Talk

This talk is presented as a part of Oregon Holocaust Resource Center's Reshaping the World After the Holocaust weekend of learning, April 24-28. For more information about the weekend visit their website: http://www.reshapingtheworldpostholocaust.org.


Please join us at Havurah Shalom (825 NW 18th Ave.) on April 24 to hear Elizabeth Rynecki’s astonishing story about her great-grandfather, Moshe Rynecki, an artist living in Poland at the outbreak of the Second World War. Moshe’s concerns about preserving his 800 paintings and sculptures led him to hide work in and around Warsaw. He died in Majdanek, the concentration camp established by the Nazis after their invasion of Poland. After the war, Moshe’s family recovered approximately 100 paintings from a cellar of a Warsaw home and believed for many years that just this single bundle survived. 


In recent years Elizabeth Rynecki has tracked and discovered a considerable number of her great grandfather’s previously lost works. Her talk, "Chasing Portraits: a Great-Granddaughter’s Search for her Lost Art Legacy,” chronicles stories of the missing paintings and follows her efforts to rediscover the collection. Perhaps the most intriguing part of her journey is the dual role she assumes as both historian and claimant. 

Her story spans nearly a century, from the time the young Moshe Rynecki started painting and drawing images of the Jewish community over his father’s objections, to Elizabeth’s ongoing search for her family’s legacy of lost, missing, and looted paintings. 


You can read more about Elizabeth Rynecki's story by visiting the article on The Times of Israel website.


The Oregon Jewish Museum is grateful to Lois Schnitzer for underwriting this program in honor of her friend Elizabeth Rynecki.





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