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Albert Dov Sigal multicolored lithograph of a young woman, holding an infant, with her family on a golden road, based upon his experience as a refugee

Object | Accession Number: 1990.242.2

Artist's proof print for a lithograph based on a drawing created by Albert Dov Sigal based upon the experiences of his family as newly arrived emigrants to Palestine on February 22, 1948. It depicts the artist and his family as they arrive in their new home. It is an image of a man carrying bags being followed by two woman: one holds an infant, the other carries a sack, as they walk along a seaside road with a small village in the background. See 1990.242.4 and 1992.113.14 for other versions of this scene. Palestine was ruled by the British under a United Nations mandate and the postwar immigration policy was very restrictive. Ships attempting to bring unauthorized refugees to the country were stopped and the passengers were interned. In 1939, Sigal was arrested by the fascist, antisemitic Romanian government and assigned to a forced labor battalion that repaired and built roads and railways. He started an underground art school with a group of friends and was active in the Romanian resistance. On December 27, 1947, the family sailed from Burgas, Bulgaria, towards Palestine aboard the Aliyah Bet illegal immigrant ship, Pan York. They were imprisoned by the British on Cyprus on December 31, 1947. Because his son, Daniel, was only 18 months old, Sigal, his wife, Rozi, and his mother were permitted to enter Palestine on February 22, 1948. On May 14, the state of Israel was established and, within six months, all the refugees on Cyprus were welcomed into the Jewish homeland.

Artwork Title
Aliya to Israel lithograph
creation:  1948
depiction:  1948 February 22
depiction: Palestine
creation: Palestine
Object Type
Lithographs (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Rose Sigal Ibsen, In memory of my sisters, Olga Goichman and Lidia Rosenberg, and my husband, Albert Dov Sigal
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:56:06
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