Painting by Linda Rubin Shayman.

Inspired by an excerpt from my memoir “DESCENDANTS OF RAJGROD,” Linda Rubin Shayman, a local artist from Deerfield, IL. painted a picture of my father, Arie Kaplan, as he appeared in his early 20’s. After he witnessed his mother and sisters pulled from their home and murdered by the mob, he fled into the forests of Eastern Europe. Though he was never able to return home, it became my destiny to return for him, for his family, for the Jews of Rajgród, for my people and ultimately for myself. Because Shayman noticed a distinct resemblance between my father and me, she painted the left half of the face as Arie and the right half as me.

Artwork by Linda

 

 

 

6 Responses so far.

  1. Karen Kaplan says:

    What does this mean?

  2. The book looks great! I can’t wait to read it.

    So proud of you!

  3. Dwight says:

    Keep on writing, great job!

  4. Eleanor Goldman says:

    Hi. I just found out about the memorial today, and about your book which I bought through Kindle. I’m very excited to read it. My grandfather came from Rajgrod and had Steinsapir (sp?) relatives. I assume we are mishpocha.

  5. Viig says:

    …” Linda Rubin Shayman, a local artist from Deerfield, IL. painted a picture of my father, Arie Kaplan, as he appeared in his early 20’s. After he witnessed his mother and sisters pulled from their home and murdered by the mob, he fled into the forests of Eastern Europe….”

    What crowd? Jews? The Russians? Germany ?
    Please express itself without
    u n d e r s t a t e m e n t s.

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