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Autobiographical ink and pencil drawing of a sinking passenger filled boat

Object | Accession Number: 2010.447.13

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 and other passengers packed on a boat deck. In June 1946, Pavel was transferred mid sea from the immigrant ship Biria to the coal boat Akbel en route 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
Ma’apilim aboard the Akbar, June 1946
creation:  approximately 1994
depiction:  1945 August
creation: Israel
depiction: Akbel (Ship); Mediterranean Sea
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peretz Chorshati
Record last modified: 2023-07-10 10:54:06
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