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Photocopy of an autobiographical ink drawing of 5 refugee men with knapsacks crossing a guarded gangplank

Object | Accession Number: 2010.447.11

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 4 men boarding a ship. In June 1946, Pavel boarded the Biria in Marseilles, France, as an illegal immigrant to 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
Boarding the Biria for Palestine, June 1946
Date
approximately 1994  (creation)
1946 June  (depiction)
Geography
creation : Israel
depiction : Biria (ship); Marseille (France)
Language
Hebrew
Classification
Art
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peretz Chorshati
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:04:21
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