In June 1999, exactly 50 years after she left Europe, Esther Krinitz returned to her village of Mniszek to see what remained. The landscape of central Poland had not changed: farmers driving horse-drawn wooden wagons, red and yellow fields of poppy and mustard, women carrying baskets overflowing with ripe strawberries. Both in Mniszek and Grabowka, where she and Mania had hidden during the war, Esther met again with friends and neighbors from her childhood. "Yes, it was just like that!," they said, when she showed them photographs of her art.
Pictured, left to right: Harold Nissenthal (Esther's cousin), Helene McQuade (Esther's daughter), Harry Kalenberg (Mania's son, Esther's nephew), Alex Kalenberg (Harry's son), Simon Steinhardt (Esther's grandson), Bernice Steinhardt (Esther's daughter), Rachel Steinhardt Glass (Esther's granddaughter), a Mniszek farmer and her daughter, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz, Mania (Miriam) Kalenberg (Esther's sister), and Lipa Kalenberg (Mania's husband.)