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Secretary of State Laurel Lee on Monday announced that an exhibition featuring the World War II-era art and writings of two Ukrainian women is on display at the Florida Capitol.
The exhibition, titled “Two Regimes,” depicts the life story of a mother and daughter in Mariupol, Ukraine, from 1927 to 1945. The manuscripts of Teodora Verbitskaya are brought to life by the paintings of her daughter, Nadia Werbitzky.
“I am honored to invite the public to this exhibition. ‘Two Regimes’ powerfully reveals a struggle for survival under the reigns of Stalin and Hitler,” Lee said. “In this remarkable visual and written memoir, ‘Two Regimes’ brings Teodora Verbitskaya’s writings and Nadia Werbitzky’s paintings together for future generations. “It offers the opportunity for open discussion on the impacts of oppression, genocide and war on families then and now.”
The mother and daughter documented and interpreted the lives of Ukrainians, Jews, Greeks, and others who lost their lives during the era. After liberation from a forced labor camp by U.S. soldiers in 1945, Verbitskaya and Werbitzky immigrated to Canada.
Werbitzky later spent several years painting in Florida. The exhibition is a salvaged collection discovered in rural North Florida in 2000.
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