My grandfather, Percy Zelikow, left Lithuania in the 30s to move to South Africa. He was able to escape the pogroms and the Holocaust. Many of his brothers and sisters were not so lucky. From the safety and prosperity of South Africa, he spent many years looking for family who might have survived the war. After he had moved to Ottawa, Canada, he discovered his nephew, Isaak, living in Chicago. Below is a minibiography of his nephew (copied from WorldArtistSociety.com page.)
What this biography doesn't say is something that Isaak told me. Isaak and his sister escaped when some Allied soldiers who had to leave town in a hurry, held their hands out and told Isaak's parents to pass their two children up into their truck and they would take them to safety. Isaak never saw his parents again, but, due to this simple act by these soldiers, he did manage to survive the war.
|One of Isaak's paintings|