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Samuel "Sammy" Bak (clic here Wiki) is a surrealist painter and a Holocaust survivor.
A Child's Life
Born on August 12, 1933 in Vilna,
By the end of the war, Samuel and his mother were the only members of his extensive family to survive. His father, Jonas, was shot by the Germans in July 1944, only a few days before Samuel's own liberation. As Bak described the situation, "when in 1944 the Soviets liberated us, we were two among two hundred of Vilna's survivors--from a community that had counted 70 or 80 thousand." Bak and his mother as pre-war Polish citizens were allowed to leave Soviet occupied Vilna and travel to central Poland, at first settling briefly in Lodz. They soon left Poland for good and traveled into the American occupied zone of Germany. From 1945 to 1948, he and his mother lived in Displaced Persons camps in Germany. He spent most of this period at the Landsberg am Lech DP camp in Germany. It was there he painted a self-portrait shortly before repudiating his Bar Mitzvah ceremony. Bak also studied painting in Munich during this period, and painted "A Mother and Son," 1947, which evokes some of his dark memories of the Holocaust and escape from Soviet occupied Poland.
In 1948, he and his mother were allowed to emigrate to Israel, and four years later he studied art at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, in Jerusalem. Bak spent most of his time in Israel studying and living in a modest flat in Tel Aviv and did not paint very much during that period. 
After serving from 1953 to 1956 in the Israel Defense Forces Samuel Bak lived from 1956 to 1959 in Paris where he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts. In 1956, he received the first prize of the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation. He then lived in the following places:
Rahat is a virtuoso. Enjoy other cultures, open your mind, my friend, connected yourself with the beauty that emerges from human beings everywhere, included beside you, always inside you. So works: Doing this, you will flourish. That is what life is: permanent evolution, permanent movement. And Sufi culture knows something about that.
Rahat es un virtuoso. Disfrute de otras culturas, abre tu mente, mi amigo, te conecta con la belleza que surge de los seres humanos en todas partes, incluido a tu lado, siempre dentro de ti. Así funciona: Al hacer esto, usted va a florecer. Eso es lo que la vida es: evolución permanente, movimiento permanente. Y la cultura sufí sabe algo sobre eso.
Pakistani rock at its finest. Performed in June, 2008 for Coke Studio, a locally televised music show.
Artists: Ali Azmat, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Mauj
Lead Guitar: Omran Shafique
Bass Guitar: Mannu
DJ, Keyboard: Zeeshan Parwez
Backing Vocals: Saba and Selina
Dholak: Babar Khanna
Balochi Percussions: The Abdul Latif Band
Producer: Rohail Hyatt
Beautiful form of music!
Tradition and modernity in a musical crossroad
Tradición y modernidad en un cruce de caminos musicales