Haunting portrait of a Sinti girl named Anna Maria Steinbach who was killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau

A haunting portrait of Anna Maria Steinbach is August’s Portrait of the Month. We chose it because August 2nd is Roma Genocide Remembrance Day. On that day in 1944, nearly 3,000 Roma and Sinti people, mostly women, children and the elderly were sent to the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Anna Maria was probably one of… Read more »

Click here to jump directly to art-making instructions. I started writing this on a rainy day in my corner of France with intermittent thunder and lightning. I’m sitting in a cozy stone barn with a sharply slanting roof. For some 300 years this building was home to sheep. With some upgrades like a water-tight roof,… Read more »

I am in my beloved French countryside in a tiny hamlet in southwestern France. I have close relationships with neighbors, some of whom I have known for 30 years now. Yesterday, for a lark, Roz Jacobs and I took an hour-long drive through the countryside to go to a vide greniers (literally an emptying of… Read more »