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Baruch Wind bronze, metal, and stone sculpture commemorating the experiences of his family and the Jews of Galicia at forced labor

Object | Accession Number: 2010.339.1 a-c

Contemporary sculpture created by Baruch Wind based upon his experiences and in memory of his family and the many Galician Jews who were persecuted and killed during the Holocaust in Poland. The work is in three sections that join together to form the sculpture. It presents a group of bronze figures pulling a large stone wheel chiseled with concentration camp numbers up a sloped base that resembles a tombstone. As the wheel rolls, it seems to stamp the numbers in the base. The figures represent Jews and the numbers on the wheel are those of actual prisoners that Baruch gathered for his work. Baruch lived with his family in Chodorow, Poland, and after the German occupation in 1941, he was assigned to forced labor. Bluma, his mother, and Josef, his brother, were shot and killed by German soldiers. In 1942, he fled Chodorow, posed as a Ukrainian shepherd, and then joined the Soviet Army. After the war, he returned to Chodorow to find that his remaining family members had been killed. He emigrated to Israel in 1948.

Date
approximately 2000  (creation)
Geography
creation : Ashdod (Israel)
Language
English
Classification
Art
Category
Sculpture
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Baruch Wind
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:22:35
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