Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research




Skip to main content

Albert Dov Sigal etching of 2 men at the detention camp fence created from a drawing done during his imprisonment

Object | Accession Number: 1990.242.3

Artist's proof for an etching based on a drawing created by Albert Dov Sigal in 1948 while he was imprisoned with his wife, Rozi, and young son, Daniel, in a British detention camp in Cyprus waiting for permission to enter Palestine. The print depicts 2 men conversing next to a seated woman with a woman and infant standing in the background near the barbed wire fence. 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 was only 18 months old, Sigal and his family 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
Detainees in Cyprus
creation:  1948
depiction:  1948 January-1948 February
depiction: British detention camp; Cyprus
creation: Palestine
Object Type
Etching (lcsh)
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: 2022-07-28 18:21:22
This page: