Of all the pictures I’ve found or received from various family members in the course of my research, I don’t think any one has moved me quite as much as this sketch of my maternal great grandfather. It’s not only the fact that I viewed for the first time an image of the patriarch of the family of the eight brothers and sisters on whom my research has been focused; it’s the man himself. He has, as Rita Saffer, the cousin who sent me the picture, put it, “a gentleness in those eyes,” an overall sweetness of expression.
Thank you, Rita. It was a wonderful gift.