Daria Khristova nee Chernenko
L'Ecole de Paris / Simon Natan Karczmar (Polish/French/Israeli, 1903-1982) Jewish Musicians
The private collection of a Brazilian industrialist, Rio de Janeiro
Simon Karczmar was a Holocaust survivor who dedicated his life's work to remembering the beauty of Jewish life at the Shtetl. He moved to Paris in 1942, where he lived for twenty years before immigrating to Israel in 1962. Karczmar joined the Artists' Quarter in Safed when he moved to Israel and has represented Israel in exhibitions around the world. His works are steeped with a classic Eastern European naivete shrouded in dark, sad colours. The nostalgia of Karczmar's interpretations contrasts with the darker views of Jewish life revealed in Vishniac's photographs and Lilien's drawings. While the photographs in The Vanished World seem to emphasize the deprivation experienced by Jews in the years leading up to World War II, Karczmar depicts similar scenes but focuses on a sense of community and tradition.