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Holocaust survivor to speak in Vail on Sunday

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Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Holocaust survivor Paula Burger will tell her story – and display her art – Sunday in Vail

Berger will give a presentation and show her art from 9-10:30 a.m. at Lions Square Lodge.

She will also appear at an apres ski wine and cheese event and art show from 2:30-4 p.m. at Lions Square Lodge.

Paula’s artwork will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting B’nai Vail Congregation.

Born in Poland in 1934, and when the Nazis invaded, Burger and her brother were taken to a ghetto in Poland. They lived there with other kids and the handicapped, watching as they were slowly killed. Burger and her brother came close to death many times. She and her brother escaped and from 1942-1944 lived by hiding in the forests of Belarussia with the Bielski Brothers partisan group as portrayed in the movie “Defiance.” She immigrated to America in 1949.

Her first experience with painting began at the age of 12. She became known as the tomboy who drew and painted. What followed was a lifetime commitment to the arts and her involvement in studying and creating.

“Art comes from life and its expression; it validates my existence. There is nothing in the world more exciting for me to do than paint,” Burger said.

As a versatile artist, Paula’s work includes florals, landscapes, abstracts and the symbol of the menorah, which she is best known.

For more information on this program and art exhibit, contact 970-477-292 or admin@bnaivail.org.

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