Brooklyn Holocaust survivor opens art exhibit
A 93-year-old Brooklyn resident and Holocaust survivor is sharing his experiences through art.
Fred Terna was living in Prague in 1941 when he was first imprisoned. He was an inmate in Nazi concentration camps Dachau and Auschwitz before being liberated in 1945.
Terna then married another survivor who had bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and was suicidal. Since his wife needed constant supervision, Terna stayed in the house and painted, which is still his way of life to this day.
More than 20 of his pieces are up on the walls of St. Francis College's gallery -- part of his solo exhibition that opened Wednesday. The pieces depict what it was like in concentration camps, with symbols of chimneys, ashes, flames, arches and portals.
Terna has been painting for more than 70 years. He says it's not only a passion for him, but it's therapeutic.