Nina Talbot

Painter - Writer
painting, Broken Tree, by Nina Talbot
Broken Tree, 2020, oil on linen, 18 x 24 inches

Places in Galicia

Broken Tree

Thirty-seven members of my family from my maternal grandmother’s side were murdered in their hometown of Dynów on Rosh Hashanah 1939. One does not know what branch of their family tree is cut off until you go looking. There are other members of my family that most likely were murdered during the Nazi invasion of Poland, as when I did go looking for them, I came to the end of the trail, and also based on survivors testimonies from their towns in East Galicia, now Ukraine.

This painting documents the thirty-seven members of the Neger and Spinrad families from Dynów whose lives were stamped out by the Nazi murderers. Not only were those lives snuffed out, but any possible future generations as well.