Most of Melita’s family perished in the Holocaust. She began to exhibit her work in 1991, when her family was once again destroyed by war, this time in ex-Yugoslavia. To survive reality, she created another world for herself where the story of her family could continue. Her paintings represent chapters of the story of her life. The painting that describes it best is ‘The Dybbuk” inspired by the play “Between the Two Worlds” by S. Ansky, which tells a story of fated love. Dybbuk, a wandering soul of a dead person who could enter and possess the body of a living person, was a popular figure in Jewish folklore in Central and Eastern Europe.
Melita Kraus was born in a non-observant Jewish family in Croatia in 1954. Most of her family perished in the Holocaust. While she was growing up, her family didn’t practice any Jewish rituals, nor was there any talk about them. Today, she uses her art as a way of honoring her family and all the victims of the Holocaust.
A book of poems in Russian by Victor Enyutin (San Francisco, 1983). Victor Enyutin is a Russian writer, poet, and sociologist who emigrated to the US from the Soviet Union in 1975.
This collection of personal essays by a bi-national Russian/U.S. author offers glimpses into many things Soviet and post-Soviet: the sacred, the profane, the mundane, the little-discussed and the often-overlooked. What was a Soviet school dance like? Did communists go to church? Did communists listen to Donna Summer? If you want to find out, read on!
“Cold War Casual” is a collection of transcribed oral testimony and interviews translated from Russian into English and from English into Russian that delve into the effect of the events and the government propaganda of the Cold War era on regular citizens of countries on both sides of the Iron Curtain.
Julia Wiener was born in the USSR a few years before the Second World War; her youth was spent during the “Thaw” period, and her maturity coincided with the years of “Soviet stagnation”, which, in her case, ended with her emigration to Israel in the early 1970s. Her wartime childhood, her Komsomol-student youth, her subsequent disillusionment, her meetings with well-known writers (Andrei Platonov, Victor Nekrasov, etc.) are described in a humorous style and colorful detail. Julia brings to life colorful characters – from her Moscow communal apartment neighbors to a hippie London lord, or an Arab family, headed by a devotee of classical Russian literature. No less diverse are the landscapes against which the events unfold: the steppes of Kazakhstan, the Garden of Gethsemane, New York, Amsterdam, London.
Julia Wiener’s novels focus on those moments when illusory human existence collapses in the face of true life, be it spiritual purity, love, old age, or death.