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Autobiographical ink drawing of 6 refugees trekking through the snow at night

Object | Accession Number: 2010.447.2

Pen and wash drawing from a series of captioned, narrative illustrations created by Peretz Chorshati (born Pavel Szenwald) between 1994 and 1997 about his wartime experiences. It depicts Pavel and 5 other men hiking through deep snow in November 1945, disguised as Greek refugees illegally crossing the Czechoslovakian border en route to a displaced persons camp. 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
Olim from Poland, a snowy November 1945
creation:  1994
depiction:  1945 November
creation: Israel
depiction: border crossing; Czechoslovakia
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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