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Drawing of a man in the Kovno ghetto

Object | Accession Number: 1995.89.7

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    Overview

    Date
    creation:  1943
    Geography
    creation: Kovno ghetto (historic); Kaunas (Lithuania)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    Signature
    recto: lower right, "Josef Schlesinger/1943", in ink
    Contributor
    Artist: Josef Schlesinger
    Biography
    ."..active in the [Kovno] ghetto and closely associated with [Esther] Lurie was Josef Schlesinger. From the ghetto's first days he sought out the Paint and Sign Workshop, where he designed projects and most likely took part in several clandestine art exhibitions there. Born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, in 1919, Schlesinger began his training at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in 1938. Within the year he and his mother left German-occupied Czechoslovakia for Kovno, where his father managed a textile factory. There he continued his studies at the Arts Institute until his ghetto imprisonment."
    [Klein, Dennis B., ed The Hidden History of the Kovno Ghetto. Boston: Bulfinch Press, 1997, p. 169]

    Physical Details

    Language
    Yiddish
    Classification
    Art
    Category
    Drawings
    Object Type
    Drawing (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Black ink portrait; image of man, head turned three-quarters right, wearing round glasses.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 5.120 inches (13.005 cm) | Width: 4.330 inches (10.998 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink, graphite
    Inscription
    verso: inscription in Hebrew, in pencil

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The drawing was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1995.
    Record last modified:
    2023-05-31 07:02:56
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