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Photocopy of an autobiographical ink drawing of 3 adults and a child disembarking at a guarded port

Object | Accession Number: 2010.447.14

Photocopy of a drawing from a series of 19 captioned, narrative illustrationscreated by Peretz Chorshati (born Pavel Szenwald) between 1994-1997 about his wartime experiences. It depicts Pavel, 2 adults, and a child disembarking a boat at port. In June 1946, Pavel arrived in port after his illegal immigrant boat was discovered by the British. 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 detainees arriving in Haifa, June 1946
creation:  approximately 1994
depiction:  1946 June
creation: Israel
depiction: Haifa (Israel)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peretz Chorshati
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:26:30
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