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Eveline Calin

  • Michel Curelariu, Bucharest,  1944
  • The Boy Dago, Bucharest, 1944
  • Portrait of a Youth, Bucharest, 1944
  • Portrait of Youth, Bucharest, 1944
  • Portrait of a Young Girl, Bucharest, 1944
  • Portrait of a Young Man, Bucharest, 1944
  • Portrait of a Youth, Bucharest, 1944

Born to the Siegler family, in Moreni, Romania, in 1925. Died in Haifa, Israel, in 2010.

Lived with her family in Bucharest. In October 1940, due to the antisemitic decree which prohibited Jews from attending public schools, Calin was compelled to attend the Berkovici Jewish school. Following the discovery of her artistic talent, she studied in the school's art department. Among her teachers was the Romanian avant-garde artist, Prof. Max Hermann Maxy.

In Spring 1944, her family boarded a group of orphaned children who were brought from Transnistria ghettos to Bucharest by efforts of Jewish and international organizations. Of the 1,846 children who were liberated, some were sent to the Land of Israel and others were scattered among Jewish families and orphanages in various cities.

After the war, Calin continued to study art, at the Bucharest Academy of Arts. In 1972, she immigrated to Israel with her husband and two children, and settled in Haifa.

While the orphans lived with her family, Eveline, nineteen-years-old at that time, took care of them with great empathy. Her emotional reaction to their stories is reflected in the inscriptions she wrote on the portraits: "Is this his fault?" "Is she guilty?" She signed her paintings with her nickname, Linica. Occasionally, she added brief information about the child, a source of information pertaining to their backgrounds and ages.