She wasn’t ready to get rid of it when her mom died in 2011.

It wasn’t until last year that Lili Fluek could actually start contemplating it. That’s when she finally searched for “Holocaust museums” on Google, carefully picked about 20 and penned down a list. In the following months, she phoned all of them until she narrowed it down to two finalists, which she visited in person.

Ultimately, the Florida Holocaust Museum won.

Her mother’s art is inspired by her life spent hiding and then fleeing from Nazis before World War II, which is exactly the kind of survivor story the Florida Holocaust Museum wants to tell.


"Aron Arrested" is a painting by artist Toby Knobel Fluek. Her art was inspired by her experience as a Holocast survivor and was recently donated to the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg. [Courtesy of Florida Holocaust Museum]
"Leaving My Family" is a painting by artist Toby Knobel Fluek. Her art was inspired by her experience as a Holocast survivor and was recently donated to the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg. [Courtesy of Florida Holocaust Museum]
"Burning Hospital" is a painting by artist Toby Knobel Fluek. Her art was inspired by her experience as a Holocast survivor and was recently donated to the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg. [Courtesy of Florida Holocaust Museum]