Paint What You Remember
ow do you remember your hometown? Mayer Kirshenblatt left Opatow, Poland for Canada in 1934 at age 17. More than fifty years later, Mayer began to paint his early life, especially the 5000-strong Jewish community annihilated during WWII. Mayer’s paintings are a rich visual portrait of Opatow’s Jewish community with all its simchot and tsourris. When Mayer returns home to exhibit his paintings to the enthusiastic townspeople, we witness art’s power to both commemorate the past and affect the present.