Erna Rosenstein (1913–2004)

Erna Rosenstein was born in the Habsburg monarchy and spent her youth and childhood in the Second Polish Republic. During the war she ended up in Lviv occupied by the USSR, and then she lived under German occupation in Warsaw and Częstochowa, where hiding under assumed names and changing her whereabouts, she saved herself from the Holocaust. After the war she was active in Kraków and Warsaw. Her first solo exhibition took place in 1958 at the Krzywe Koło Gallery in Warsaw. Associated with the circle of modern artists, participant of the open-air workshops in Osieki and the Golden Grape Symposium in Zielona Góra, she was a member of the Kraków Group. In 1972 she debuted as a poet with the book of poems Ślad.