A World After This Lola & Mechel's Wedding Day

Lola Leser was a privileged sixteen year-old in 1939 when Germany invaded Poland. The horrors of the Holocaust overtook her almost immediately when she moved to Krakow, Poland, after living for years with her maternal grandparents in Munkach, Czechoslovakia. It was there, in her grandparents’ “enchanted garden”, that she discovered her talent as an artist.

Before fully maturing, Mechel Lieber swept her up into a marriage that was to turn into a loving partnership. That union saw them through years of hiding and fleeing from city to city often escaping capture by a hairsbreadth. During those horrid war years which included weeks of starvation and periods of imprisonment, they lost almost all of their loved ones and witnessed firsthand the unbelievable bestiality and depravations of the Nazis.

Through six harrowing years Lola clung both to her husband and to her staunch faith in the One Above, Who granted them both many miracles. It is that faith and her traditional upbringing that propelled Lola to uphold her Jewish values and traditions under the most adverse conditions. Lola was ever conscious that she was a link in the eternal chain of Jewish survival and continuity against all odds.

On January 19, 1946, now liberated, Lola gave birth to her first child in Munich, and the following year she immigrated to the United States. Her beloved Mechel died of cancer in 1966, leaving her with three children.

Today in her eighties, Lola still paints and is a successful artist. Her work has been exhibited in many art galleries throughout the United States and is in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Art. Her paintings are in a number of private collections and are part of the Yad Vashem archive in Jerusalem. She still maintains a gallery in the heart of Chassidic Boro Park in Brooklyn, New York. Lola is often commissioned to paint portraits. Her works encompass a range of styles including traditional, impressionistic as well as modern.

Though Lola maintains a busy social and charitable activity schedule her family truly comes first. Lola often proudly states that she is the mother of three, grandmother of twelve, and the great-grandmother of thirty-six and still counting. This truly is her triumph and her final victory over Hitler and the Reich.