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November 1, 2017

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Obstacles Linger In The Search For Art Lost To The Holocaust

Recovering artworks stolen and lost during the Holocaust is a daunting task for survivors and their families. It is unbelievably difficult, both mentally and legally.

Elizabeth Rynecki, author of our November book selection, Chasing Portraits, traveled the world—from Poland to Israel—in search of the paintings her great grandfather created before the war. Along the way, she came across a wide variety of people and personalities. Our Morning Edition host, Donna Apidone, will try to uncover some of these anecdotes when she interviews Elizabeth for our last "In Conversation" event of 2017.

Among the characters you will encounter—both by reading the book and by listening to this interview—will be people desperate to help Elizabeth find artworks Moshe Rynecki painted before he perished in the Holocaust.

You will also meet people who are obviously worried that the provenance of the painting they have is dodgy at best and fraudulent at worst. Some will, no matter what, refuse to let this woman trying to rediscover her own heritage even view the art. It's an emotional, heartbreaking but sometimes joyous story. Don't miss it.

Get your tickets for this one-time-only event and join us Tuesday, November 14 at 6 p.m. in our Community Room. Arrive early for wine and appetizers and stay for the autographing.

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