Thursday, September 8, 2016

Book Beginning: Chasing Portraits


Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



I was born in San Francisco on a summer day in 1969, just over twenty-five years after my great-grandfather perished in the Holocaust.

Chasing Portraits: A Great-Granddaughter's Quest for Her Lost Art Legacy by Elizabeth Rynecki. We get the general idea of this memoir from that opening sentence.

Moshe Rynecki was a painter and sculptor in pre-war Warsaw. When the Nazis came, he entrusted his art to friends who hid it for him, but when he was killed in the Majdanek concentration camp, his works scattered.

Inspired by Moshe's son's journal describing the art, Elizabeth Rynecki, Moshe's great-granddaughter, worked with art curators, historians, and other supporters to find and catalog Moshe's body of work.

Visit the Chasing Portraits website for a list of upcoming events and to learn more about the story behind the book.


  1. This sounds like a great book and I really enjoyed the beginning. I think you are right it seems to sum the book up in a nutshell. Chasing Portraits is going on my tbr list.

  2. What a fabulous sounding book. I can't believe Holocaust stories are still coming out so many years after the event.

  3. Lovely title, and great beginning - we were talking about the Holocaust last night, and this sounds like a great read. My Friday Beginning also features lost art - The Muse, by Jessie Burton. Thanks for hosting.

  4. This sounds like it would be a very hard to put down book. I hope you enjoy it. Have a great weekend.

  5. This looks the sort of book I would enjoy!

  6. I really like the look of the cover!

  7. I used to read a lot of WWII novels, but I don't think I've read one quite like this. Sounds interesting.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  8. Love the cover.

    I hope you enjoy the book.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  9. Sounds like a good book. Will be checking this one out. I hope you enjoy it. Have a great weekend.


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