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Autobiographical ink and pencil drawing of a woman on a storefront sidewalk and a man at an outdoor counter

Object | Accession Number: 2010.447.17

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 standing an open-air soda fountain and a woman walking along a street in August 1946. Pavel, only in Palestine 1 month with limited Hebrew and no money, is welcomed with a free soda. 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
Free soda for a newcomer to Palestine, August 1946
approximately 1994  (creation)
1946 August  (depiction)
creation : Israel
depiction : Ramat-Gan (Palestine) (historic); Ramat-Gan (Israel)
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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