Artwork of Holocaust survivor Toby Knobel Fluek gets permanent home in St. Petersburg museum
Lili Fluek, the daughter of Holocaust survivor and renowned artist Toby Knobel Fluek, donated her mother’s collection of more than 500 pieces of art pieces and personal objects to the museum in June.
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.