POPE FRANCIS greets Holocaust survivor Eliezer Grynfeld at Yad Vashem on Monday..
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This week, Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev presented Pope Francis with a reproduction of a painting of a hassid engrossed in prayer, painted by a teenaged victim of the Holocaust from the Lodz ghetto. The teenager was 13-year-old Abramek Kopelowicz, and The Jerusalem Post was the first to publish his story on July 7, 1989. Because of a stepbrother he never knew, paintings and a book of poetry gave meaning to a life tragically cut short. Below is the article as it originally appeared.At 13, Abramek was writing bright and beautiful poetry, far in advance of his years.