Kalman Aron, whose art spared him in the Holocaust, dies at 93

In an image provided by Dub Rogers, a self-portrait by Kalman Aron circa the mid-1960s. Aron, a Latvian child prodigy who survived the Holocaust by sketching for his captors and later emigrated to America, where he became a prominent portraitist, died in Santa Monica, Calif. on Feb. 24, 2018. He was 93. (Dub Rogers via The New York Times) — NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH NYT STORY SLUGGED OBIT-ARON BY ROBERTS FOR MARCH. 8, 2018. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. — XNYT213 XNYT213

As a teen Aron survived seven Nazi concentration camps by swapping sketches of his captors and their families for scraps of food. He lived to become a prominent American portraitist, commissioned by the likes of Ronald Reagan, André Previn and Henry Miller.

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