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Autobiographical ink wash drawing by a Polish refugee of 2 men reviewing a military uniform

Object | Accession Number: 2010.447.1

Pen and wash drawing from a series of 19 captioned, narrative drawings created by Peretz Chorshati (born Pavel Szenwald) between 1994 and 1997 about his wartime experiences. It depicts Pavel and a Beitar member looking at a military uniform in October 1945 when Pavel deserted the Soviet Army and exchanged his uniform for a civilian identity. Pavel was an 18 year old student in Warsaw when the Germans invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. He was imprisoned in the Warsaw ghetto until his father got him forged papers and he escaped. He posed as a German national, and joined the German army. In March 1943, while serving as a guard, Pavel deserted the army and joined the Bielski partisan group. After the war ended on May 7, 1945, Pavel returned to Warsaw and joined Beitar, a right wing Zionist group. In June 1946, he illegally emigrated to British ruled Palestine.

Artwork Title
Out of Uniform, October 1945
creation:  1994
depiction:  1945 October
creation: Israel
depiction: Warsaw (Poland)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peretz Chorshati
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:19:04
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