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Drawing of her grandmother in profile created by Jewish teenage girl in hiding

Object | Accession Number: 2007.521.4

Pencil drawing of her paternal grandmother, Hermina Hirschel, drawn by Ava Hegedish at the farm where she lived in hiding from spring 1941 to October 1944 near Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia.) Ava also did an oil painting of her, 2007.521.4. In April 1941, Nazi Germany and its Axis partners partitioned Yugoslavia. Belgrade was under German control. Ava's father Leo decided the family's best chance of survival was to separate and go into hiding. He returned to Novy Sad; her mother and her sister Susanna remained in Belgrade. Susanna's Greek Orthodox husband had Serbian relatives with a farm near Belgrade and they agreed to take in Ava, then 15. She did farm labor and lived in this shed. To avoid suspicion and because she did not speak the local Serbian dialect, Ava pretended to be deaf and mute. She 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 in Belgrade. She learned that her sister was killed and her father murdered in Auschwitz. She was reunited with her mother and they settled in Belgrade where Ava attended art school.

Artwork Title
Grandmother, ca. 1941-1944
creation:  approximately 1941-approximately 1944
creation: in hiding; Serbia
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ava Kadishson Schieber
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 17:43:42
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