Print Interviews, Profiles, Etc.
What to Read on Holocaust Memorial Day (North Coast Journal, January 2017)
On Art, Sex, and Opera (Oakland Magazine, January 2017)
Elizabeth Rynecki on Chasing Portraits of pre-Holocaust Jewish Poland (Laurel Zuckerman’s Paris Weblog, October 2016)
Q&A with Elizabeth Rynecki (Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb, September 2016)
How to Unravel an International Family Mystery in Three Not-So-Easy Steps (San Francisco Magazine, September 2016)
‘Chasing Portraits’ recounts journey into lost world (J, the Jewish news weekly of Northern California, September 2016)
A ‘Moral Imperative’ to Recover a Lost Art Legacy (New York Times, August 2016)
A search from the heart (The Australian Jewish News, August 2015) (PDF)
Lost and Found is the Arts feature about the Chasing Portraits project. (Hadassah Magazine, April/May 2015)
Chasing Portraits wins Indiewire’s Project of the Week on 9 February 2015!
A lost world, on canvas: Oakland woman reclaims her great-grandfather’s legacy (J, the Jewish news weekly of Northern California, January 2015) (PDF)
Finding Moshe’s Art (Eureka Times-Standard, September 2014) (PDF)
Jewish artist’s great-granddaughter casts herself in ‘21st century detective story’ (Omaha World-Herald, March 2014) (PDF)
The Quest for Paintings from a Lost Jewish World (Times of Israel, January 2014) (PDF)
Artworks lost in Nazi era at heart of hunt (San Francisco Chronicle, January 2014) (PDF)
Search for lost pre-WWII art bears fruit in Toronto (Canadian Jewish News, October 2013) (PDF)
Radio and Podcast Interviews
The Jewish Hour with Rabbi Finman (May 2017)
KERA’s Think interview with Krys Boyd (March 2017)
Capital Public Radio with Beth Ruyak (November 2016)
KHSU radio interview: Brenda Starr Welcomes Filmmaker & Archivist Elizabeth Rynecki Discussing The Quest For Her Great-Grandfather’s Lost Art Legacy From Holocaust Poland (listen). 8 September 2014.
Essays & Articles by Elizabeth Rynecki
Shadows of the Past and the Winds of War (Huffington Post, September 2014) (PDF)
Jewish Heir Searching for Lost Family Art (Huffington Post, April 2014) (PDF)
Moshe Rynecki: A Window to the Past. Guest blog entry. J Art Blog. Jewish Art Education. 13 February 2013.
Art Reflects Our Identity. Guest blog entry. J Art Blog. Jewish Art Education. 15 July 2013.
Lost, Forgotten, Looted, or Destroyed: A Great-Granddaughter’s Search for her Art Legacy. (pp. 107–110) The Journal of Art Crime. Spring 2013 (volume 9)
Uncomment: Elizabeth Rynecki on a Lost Chance (p. 16) The Museums Association Museums Journal. Issue 113/11. November 2013.
Stories Behind the Canvases – My Relationship to an Art Legacy Guest blog entry. My Art: Lives Blog. 10 November 2013.
Untitled? #mrynecki Guest blog entry. MuseumLines Blog. 21 January 2014.
Jewish Heir Searching for Lost Family Art The Huffington Post. 23 April 2014.
The Art of Moshe Rynecki The Huffington Post. 11 June 2014.
Shadows of the Past and the Winds of War The Huffington Post. 4 September 2014.
About Author and Documentary Film Producer, Elizabeth Rynecki
Elizabeth is the great-granddaughter of the Polish-Jewish artist, Moshe Rynecki (1881–1943). She grew up with his paintings prominently displayed on the walls of her family home and understood from an early age that the art connected her to a legacy from “the old country,” Poland. In 1999 Elizabeth designed the original Moshe Rynecki: Portrait of a Life in Art website. Today she continually updates it to keep it current in regards to academic research, educational resources, and tracking lost Rynecki paintings. Elizabeth has a BA in Rhetoric from Bates College (’91) and a Master’s degree in Rhetoric and Speech Communication from UC Davis (’94). She wrote her Master’s thesis about children of Holocaust survivors, the second generation.
As the producer of the documentary Chasing Portraits, Elizabeth is an in-demand speaker whose project has been covered by the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Times of Israel, Hadassah Magazine, Omaha World Herald, Canadian Jewish News, JWeekly, and KHSU radio. She has lectured in Toronto (Canada), Krakow (Poland), San Francisco (California), Omaha (Nebraska), Portland (Oregon), and Boston (Massachusetts). Her online social media presence includes a blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.