A Portrait by Jerry Green
Jerrold Green is a dear friend of Memory Project Productions founders Roz Jacobs and Laurie Weisman. He’s also the son of two Holocaust survivors. He’s an artist–a painter, sculptor and jeweler–one of the world’s finest gem cutters. When he first saw The Memory Project exhibit, he wanted to respond to it artistically. This is his print of Kalman Huberman, the child who was the inspiration for the entire Memory Project. It’s November’s Portrait of the Month.
About the subject
Kalman Huberman was born in Wloclawek, Poland to Roiseh and Ephraim. He had two older sisters, Henia and Anna. In 1939, the family was forced to move to Warsaw. In 1941 Anna escaped the Warsaw Ghetto. In the spring of 1942, after multiple attempts, Kalman also escaped and joined his sister in the town of Ozarow, where Jewish people still remained in their homes. In September of 1942, the Jews were rounded up from Ozarow, and Anna and Kalman were separated. Anna survived a forced labor camp, but never saw Kalman again.
“In the beginning I thought of the project as Roz’s way of giving back, to make whole the parent that was not whole. We all, as children born into this, know of the great loss that our parents had. We have to gingerly approach them because we know our parents are broken and we want to make them whole. Afterward, I saw it more as an exposition of the process of creativity. It was more than the personal statement about her mother and the lost uncle. Is the message to make a creative effort out of everything around you or to honor the loss of the community that you’re a part of? Both are equally important. Roz brought those two things together with the bridge of creativity and it made me want to do something with it. ”