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Fantasy sketch of a figure running to a tree by a Jewish teen in hiding

Object | Accession Number: 2007.521.12

Pencil drawing of a large leafless tree and a mysterious figure drawn by Ava Hegedish at the farm where she lived in hiding from spring 1941 to October 1944 near Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia.) In April 1941, Germany and the Axis partners partitioned Yugoslavia. Belgrade was under German control. Jews were ordered to register, and Ava's father Leo decided the family's best chance of survival was to separate and go into hiding. He returned to Novy Sad. Ava's mother got false papers and remained in Belgrade with Ava's older sister Susanna, who married her Greek Orthodox fiance. The fiance had Serbian relatives with a farm near Belgrade and they agreed to take in Ava, then 15. She did farm labor and, to avoid suspicion and because she did not speak the local Serbian dialect, pretended to be deaf and mute. Ava sometimes got scraps of paper and made drawings to hold onto her sense of self and her memories of her family. The region was liberated in October 1944. Ava searched for family and learned that her sister was killed and her father and his mother were murdered in Auschwitz. She was reunited with her mother and they settled in Belgrade.

Artwork Title
Imaginary Figure in Fight, 1941-1944
creation:  approximately 1941-approximately 1944
creation: in hiding; Serbia
Object Type
Drawing (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ava Kadishson Schieber
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:07:57
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