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Autobiographical ink drawing of a group of men and women in a Jewish Brigade truck

Object | Accession Number: 2010.447.9

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 postwar experiences. It depicts Pavel and 3 others in the back of a military transport truck. In June 1946, Pavel was transported from Germany to France by the Jewish Brigade to board a ship 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
Ma'apilim en route to France, June 1946
creation:  approximately 1994
depiction:  1946 June
creation: Israel
depiction: France
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peretz Chorshati
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:19:06
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