Zvi Silverstein

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bread kamatz mother prayer scribe swatching

Born in Paris in December 1926. At the outbreak of World War 2 he left elementary school. Three years later, in 1943, he reached Morocco where he joined the French Liberation Army. He fought in battles in France, Germany & Austria. In 1947, he arrived in Israel, where he took part in the War of independence. Zvi Silberstein, son of a resident of Yiddishland, who emigrated to France before World War 1, lived for seventy years under the delusion of modernity. One day he left his architect’s drawing board and compass, in search of something as yet unknown to him. He was led by nebulous intuition rather than nostalgia which, was something he had never experienced, being too connected to the present to develop any kind of past-ism. And yet there was something which had inspired him: the discovery of Roman Vishniac’s Vanished World, a black and white photo album. In the thirties and forties, Vishniac, a brilliant photograph-hunter, roamed the shtetls of Eastern Europe, seeking to eternalize the lives, so modest, and yet so fulfilling, of those who lived in these Jewish communities. Today, all that remains are the scenes and moments captured by the lens. These are being brought back to life by Zvi Silberstein, with his enchanting colors and a touch of humor, and inspired by his "mentor", the great American caricaturist, Norman Rockwell.