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(5) Paul Horio
Thu, 6 December 2012 07:52:51 +0000

Dear Lisa,

I came upon this website and found out that you lost your beloved Dad last year. I am
truly and deeply sorry especially because I recall that you were so very close to your Dad. You are a wonderful daughter for keeping alive his memories thru this website.

I hope life has been extra good to you and I hope you have continued to develop your own artistic talents.

Sincerely, Paul

(4) jan auten
Thu, 18 October 2012 19:46:48 +0000

Thank you for sharing your father story. It was incredible and i loved looking at his art. I especially liked the horses as I am an equestrian fan. I have Jewish heritage also so I feel a bond with him. I had family die in the holocaust, but I never knew them, but my great grandparents sponsered 2 of her sisters and their families to get out of occupied Prague. Thank you for continuing his art and story. Sincerely Jan Auten

(3) Connie Kuhn
Sat, 6 October 2012 14:20:49 +0000

This website is absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing the life and breathtaking artwork of this amazing man. There is so much history and beauty in his life story and works!

(2) Stacy
Tue, 4 September 2012 06:42:20 +0000

My best friend Lisa’s Dad, Bill Salamon, is one of the most remarkable men I have ever had the honor of knowing. It’s truly incredible that he survived against all odds under such horrendous conditions while he was a prisoner of four concentration camps.
I was stunned that he was always so happy and cheerful when I saw him. He harbored no anger or resentment from this terrible experience that killed 19 of his close family members. In fact, his beautiful Art saved his life not only once but twice in 2 different wars.
In the frigid winter of 1944 when prisoners went to labor in the fields or be tortured and come back with frostbite he was ordered to paint a mural in a warm mess hall for the Nazis.
They would give him an extra piece of bread which he shared with his Dad who eventually passed away from Typhoid fever in the concentration camp.
I was so mesmerized by his story that I asked Mr. Salamon if I could video tape, his amazing journey of survival. I knew his story would be valuable for our future generations.
All over his home were his beautiful paintings of landscapes, and happy people.
It didn’t make sense to me that he can make such beautiful art that vibrates with such love and beauty after his terrible experience. For instance, on day one of his arrival to Auschwitz , his Mom and others were put to death right away in the crematorium. He could see the smoke from burning flesh.
I asked Mr. Bill Salamon how is it that you can paint such beautiful art after your inhuman treatment by the Nazis?
He said to me “Stacy, after you have experienced so much hatred in your life, all you have room for is love”. I knew I was meant to share this divine statement and lesson with others. Not only are we never to forget the holocaust, but Bill Salamon took it one step further but choosing love over hate.
When I would visit him he was always smiling, very humble, and truly interested in you. He was so kind and generous and a great Dad to my best friend Lisa, his loving daughter. When he passed away I was helping with a garage sale where he use to paint and chat with his neighbors and others. A lady came over to me and said “Where is that kind man who use to paint here daily?”. I was sad to tell her he was no longer here with us. Terri told me she bought one of his paintings and it is over her fireplace. She said that everyday viewing that painting totally uplifts her. I realized then that his Art holds a special vibration of energy that can uplift you! Terri also told me that he was such a great listener. This is another form of talent that not many people have and is a great quality in personality.
For a young man who ended up only 80 pounds and had to eat snow and leaves at one time to survive, he can sure teach us a lot. He ended up with a beautiful wife Carol and two beautiful children who adored him. Its hard to believe he was able to have such a fruitful life after his terrible imprisonment. Ask yourself if you would be able to come out of such an insane experience and still be able to trust and give love?
When I hear people complaining about things with their lives it seems mundane after what Bill Salamon went through. He has taught all of us that we can all persevere under any circumstances, it’s our choice. Do we get angry for little things or do we choose love instead? How do you want to paint your world?
Check out his videos and hear the amazing story yourself.

(1) Sumako
Wed, 22 August 2012 11:11:29 +0000
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Bill Salamon; an amazing, and inspiring artist. He will be surely missed and long remembered...

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