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Autobiographical ink drawing of 2 men in uniform sharing a meal at a train station cafe

Object | Accession Number: 2010.447.6

Pen and wash drawing from a series of 19 captioned, narrative illustrations created by Peretz Chorshati (born Pavel Szenwald) between 1994 and 1997 about his wartime experiences. It depicts Pavel talking to a Polish Army recruiting officer in a cafe. Pavel arrived in Warsaw in August 1945 to look for relatives and had a drink with a Jewish security officer who asked him to join the Polish army. 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
Drinking with a Polish security officer, August 1945
creation:  1996
depiction:  1945 August
creation: Israel
depiction: Warsaw (Poland)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peretz Chorshati
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:19:05
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