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Autobiographical ink wash drawing of men, women, and children in a detention camp separated by barbed wire

Object | Accession Number: 2010.447.15

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 at a detention camp divided by a barbed wire topped fence where he was sent by the British in Junre 1946 after arriving illegally in 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 in the Atlit detention camp, June 1946
creation:  approximately 1994
depiction:  1946 June
creation: Israel
depiction: British detention camp (Palestine); Atlit (Israel)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peretz Chorshati
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:19:08
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