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Halina Olomucki sketch of a boy selling Star of David armbands

Object | Accession Number: 1989.331.2

Pencil drawing of a sick, emaciated boy selling Star of David armbands created by Halina Olszewski, 24, (later Olomucki) while interned in Warsaw Ghetto in 1941. Nazi Germany occupied Poland in September 1939, and, in fall 1940, Halina, her mother Margarit-Hadassa, and siblings were relocated to the ghetto. Halina did forced labor, but she felt her real job was to record the misery and suffering of ghetto residents. Halina smuggled many drawings to a non-Jewish friend outside the ghetto. In May 1943, she and her mother were deported to Majdanek where her mother was killed on arrival. In July, Halina was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she continued to create art in secret. Other prisoners asked her to draw them or their loved ones, to preserve their memory and show the world what happened. She hid artwork in the camp, much of it recovered postwar. On January 18, 1945, Halina was sent by death march to Ravensbrück and Neustadt-Glewe, where she was liberated on May 2, 1945. She returned to Warsaw but found no surviving family members.

Artwork Title
Le marchand d'étoiles, Warsaw Ghetto, 1941
Alternate Title
The Star Seller, Warsaw Ghetto, 1941
creation:  1941
creation: Getto warszawskie (Warsaw Ghetto); Warsaw (Poland)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:47:47
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