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Photocopy of an autobiographical ink drawing of Polish refugees disguised as Greeks crossing the border

Object | Accession Number: 2010.447.4

Photocopy of a drawing from a series of 19 narrative illustrations created by Peretz Chorshati (born Pavel Szenwald) between 1994 and 1997 about his postwar experiences. It depicts Pavel and 3 men at a train station on the Polish border in November 1945, disguised as Greek refugees 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, Pavel deserted the German 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
Better to Keep Quiet! November 1945
creation:  1995
depiction:  1945 November
creation: Israel
depiction: border crossing; Poland
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peretz Chorshati
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:26:29
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