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Photocopy of an autobiographical ink drawing of 4 refugees peeling potatoes in a refugee camp

Object | Accession Number: 2010.447.8

Photocopy of a drawing from a series of 19 captioned, narrative illustrations created by Peretz Chorshati (born Pavel Szenwald) between 1994-1997 about his wartime experiences. It depicts Pavel and 3 refugees peeling potatoes in a refugee camp in March 1946, in Germany prior to leaving for Palestine. 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
Peeling potatoes and thinking of Palestine, March 1946
creation:  1997
depiction:  1946 March
creation: Israel
depiction: UNRAA displaced person's camp; Czechoslovakia
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peretz Chorshati
Record last modified: 2023-07-10 11:58:19
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