Carol Dine, as told to Susan Schnur

Strange Comfort

Turning to Holocaust art for survival of a different kind

One day, a week after my second chemo treatment for my fourth bout with cancer, I was feeling all right and decided to take the T to Newbury Street in Boston to see an exhibit of paintings by the renowned artist Samuel Bak, who survived the Holocaust. I was bald and wore a black turban.

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  • Chana Bloch

    Carol, I was so moved to see this here. I’ve read your poems, of course, and spent time with the images, but this is different: Here you explain how Bak’s art and your art helped you to endure cancer. I hope 2015 is a year of health for you, dear friend.

  • Bobbi Zahra

    What a beautiful article, and what wonderful responses to Bak’s work, which I have long greatly admired. I have missed the most recent exhibit (the commute from my home to Boston is rather long!), but I think I need to add the book to my collection. Thank you so much for this.