Pastel painting by renowned artist Fred Veston.
Holocaust survivor known for his depictions of the vanished Jewish life. He painted for future generations to see what life was like generations before the war.
He couldn't afford expensive frames he obtained them from thrift stores. This is a very simple frame could be reframed with larger mat.
About the artist:
Holocaust survivor Fred Veston immigration in 1955.
Fred was a jeweler who lived in Kraków, Poland, with his wife and two daughters, when Germany invaded on September 1, 1939. Within a week, Kraków was occupied and the Germans initiated immediate measures aimed at persecuting the Jews of the city. They took Fred’s store, the family’s apartment, and their valuables. The Germans began searching for Fred after learning he dealt in Jewish jewelry. Fred’s neighbor, a Catholic priest, hid his wife and daughters while Fred and four other family members fled Kraków.
Fred exchanged bits of gold he carried for loaves of bread and kept on the move, going from place to place. He reached Lemberg (now Lviv, Ukraine) and found the situation no better than Kraków. Fred later found refuge in the Tatra Mountains along the Czechoslovakia-Poland border. There, he joined other Jewish refugees hiding with Polish partisan groups, who were fighting the Germans. Fred stayed there until the war’s end. In the fall of 1942, Fred’s wife and children and transported them to Auschwitz where they were killed. Overall, 72 members of Fred’s family were killed in the Holocaust. After the war Fred married Barbara Eugenia, a family friend and a fellow survivor. The couple emigrated from Poland, first living in Tel Aviv, Israel, and then settling in Albuquerque, New Mexico.