Chaos to Canvas

Chaos to Canvas


By Maxwell Smart

In the town of Buczacz, Poland, nine-year-old Maxwell’s life is turned upside-down when the Soviets invade in 1939. His family eventually adapts, but nothing can prepare them for the Nazi invasion two years later. Soon Maxwell is alone in the woods, hiding from the roving groups of Ukrainians and Nazis searching for Jews, while depending on the few people he can trust. In the bitter journey of Chaos to Canvas, Maxwell transforms from a boy dependent on his family to a teenager fighting to survive and, ultimately, to a man who finds himself through art in a life beyond the war.

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About the Author

Maxwell Smart was born in 1930. After surviving the Holocaust on his own, he immigrated to Canada in 1948 through the War Orphans Project. Maxwell lives in Montreal, where he has become a successful painter, opening his own art gallery in 2006.

Product Information

  • Release: June 15, 2018
  • $14.95 Paperback
  • 176 Pages with Photos
  • 6 x 9
  • ISBN: 97819880653041

The Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs

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