You’re listening to Jewish Latin Princess. I’m Yael Trusch, your Host. Welcome back to the show. It’s back to school time in my part of the world, as well as in many of my dear listeners’ world. I wish you all and your children the best. It certainly is a lot to get adjusted to whether you’re going to school with a mask and doing half of your day online, or whether you’re doing it all online at home. And well for you, mothers, who have so many responsiblities… it is a lot. So, please practice a lot of compassion with your kids and with yourselves. Being online is just not the same as being inside a classroom with your teacher and your peers. It’s a great substitute and we are grateful for it, but it is a huge adjustment on many fronts. So… compassion, compassion, compassion. Not coincidentally that is the theme of the month of Elul and I would say it’s also the theme of today’s interview.
Today’s interview is a gem. Literally a gem. If you follow me on Instagram you saw how humbled and how emotional I was during the process of recording this interview. In fact, I stayed on the phone with my guest for 2 hours. And it was such a privilege. It is not always that we get the opportunity to speak to such a woman. My guest is Mrs. Hedy Pagremanski.
Hedy Pagremanski (Page), is a 91 year old street artist and Holocaust survivor whose work is featured in many museums, private collections and books. She has chronicled a changing New York–mostly the Jewish Lower East Side– through oil paintings and sketches over more than half a century. Hedy is a passionate believer in the dignity of humanity. She strives to bring visibility to the invisible, celebrate diversity, and reflect her love for New York City.
She was born in Vienna, Austria in 1929 and in 1938, escaped the Nazi Regime, finding refuge in Panama. She came to the United States to study at the Art Institute of Chicago. Soon after met and married her late husband Eric Pagremanski, and they changed our name to Page when they became American citizens. However, she’s retained the signature of H. Pagremanski in all her artwork, which as I said before is in numerous private and public collections in the U.S.A. and abroad. Nothing that I can tell you about what you’ll learn in this interview will do it justice. Listen, carefully, because there is so much here. Here’s the beautiful Hedy Pagremanski.