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Child's sketch of a train by a young boy who did not survive

Object | Accession Number: 1989.318.1.2

Sketch of a train created by Robert Michael (Bobos) Gurdus on his fourth birthday, August 24, 1942 in Zwierzyniec in German occupied Poland. Bobos watched train cars full of people being deported through the kitchen window of his home. Once, while watching the train go by with a non-Jewish Polish friend, the friend told him: "Soon, you will be in train." According to his mother, Bous had a slight awareness of the situation and was unsettled by what he saw and heard. Bobos and his parents, Luba and Jacob, were confined to the Warsaw Ghetto in fall 1939 following the occupation of Poland by Nazi Germany that September. By December 1941, Luba and Bobos had gone to Brody Male near Lublin, and then to Zwierzyniec. Bobos died of diphtheria on September 12, 1942. His mother Luba was later sent to Majdanek concentration camp. She survived and emigrated to Palestine in 1946.

Artwork Title
The Death Train
creation:  1942 August 24
creation:  1977
creation: Zwierzyniec (Krakow, Poland)
Children's art
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Luba Krugman Gurdus, In memory of Robert Michael Gurdus (1938-1942)
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:50:02
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