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Peasants torturing Jews on the Road: They are beating my father in the Bodi Village

Object | Accession Number: 2007.476.1

Painting created by Shoshana Neuman around 2007 depicting an event she remembered witnessing as a 9 year old child during the Holocaust. In the fall of 1941, Shoshana’s family was deported from the Czernowitz ghetto in Romania to the Transnistria region in Romanian occupied Ukraine. They were forced to march for six weeks with little food or rest and no shelter. Soon after they arrived at the Bershad ghetto, four family members died due to the brutal march or disease: her father, age 41, her brother, Yosile, age 14, her cousin, age 10, and her sister, Esti, age 6. Shoshana and her mother were released in 1944 after the region was retaken by the Soviet Union. Shoshana immigrated to Israel in 1950. Around 1970, Shoshana decided to take a painting class and began creating works based on her memories of what she saw and experienced as a child. As she told an interviewer in 2010 about a similar work: “I have no family pictures. I painted this from memory, and it’s all I have to remember them.”

Artwork Title
They Hurt my Father
depiction:  1941-1941
creation:  approximately 2007
depiction: Bershad ghetto; Bershad' (Ukraine)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Shoshana Neuman
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 21:56:13
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