Portrait by Barbara Powers
Heinz Geiringer is Eva’s only sibling. He has the hands of a pianist like his mother, thick hair and dark features like his father, and a strong profile that resembles Eva. Heinz played guitar, piano and accordion to the jazzy tunes of George Gershwin, the lyrical melodies of Frederick Chopin and popular songs for friends that made Eva proud. He read tales of exciting adventures, and then retold them to Eva late into the night so she could forget their troubles and worries.
the Nazi invasion of
Heinz did not survive the war. He perished in a concentration camp just days before the liberation. He was seventeen years old, yet created more in his childhood than most accomplish in a lifetime.
Eva and Mutti found the house and Heinz’s precious treasure: more than twenty paintings! Eva cherishes this tangible memory of her brother and the reminder of Pappy's promise, that: ‘all the good you accomplish will make a difference to someone, somewhere and your achievements will be carried on. We are like links in a chain a chain that cannot be broken.’
The chain of goodness is continued in the exhibition of
Heinz’s paintings in cities across the
Unique Wartime Paintings -