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Art & Autobiography

Holocaust Museum features portraits of local survivors by granddaughter

Salomon Weinberg, Tampa Salomon Weinberg, Tampa An exhibition of 16 portraits of Tampa Bay area Holocaust survivors is on exhibit through Sunday, Oct. 31 at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg.

Several of the portraits feature couples, including Walter and the late Edie Loebenberg, museum founders.

The portraits, presented by the museum in partnership with the University of South Florida libraries, are the work of Nava Mentkow, 27, of Tampa.

She began visually documenting survivors in 2008 and has some 50 portraits to her credit thus far, representing just a portion of the local survivors.

“I know we have well over 100 survivors,” said Jody Sherman, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the museum. “There is a very small window of opportunity to connect personally with the survivors,” she said, noting that most are now in their 80s.

Mentkow states on her website that almost every moment of her life has been shaped, at least in part, by the Holocaust.

Her paternal grandparents, Beatrice and Josef Mentkow, were both survivors. She heard their stories and saw photos of them on the walls of her childhood home.

Marie Silverman, Clearwater Marie Silverman, Clearwater According to the museum, the exhibit has an educational as well as artistic aspect. The impressionistic headshots are accompanied by brief biographies, and an audio tour will provide a portion of their stories in their own words.

The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th St. S in St. Petersburg and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week except holidays. For more information call (727) 820-0100, or go online to Nava Mentkow, artist Nava Mentkow, artist
Dr. John Rinde, Largo Dr. John Rinde, Largo

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