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Drawing by Hannah Messinger of 2 women and 3 skeletal children

Object | Accession Number: 2010.489.1

One of a series of pencil drawings created around 1970 by Hannah Messinger based upon her experiences as an inmate in several concentration and labor camps from 1941-1945. It depicts a gaunt figure standing behind a kneeling woman and 3 children. In December 1941, Hannah, her husband Karel Kohorn, and her family were deported from German-occupied Prague to Theresienstadt labor camp. In mid-1942, Hannah had an abortion to avoid deportation to Poland. In September 1944, the family was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. That January, Hannah was transferred to Sackisch and then Merzdorf forced labor camps. On May 8, 1945, the Soviet Army liberated the camp. Hannah walked to the Czechoslovak border where she collapsed; her friends took her to a hospital where she was placed in a crib because she only weighed 70 pounds and they thought she was a child. Upon her release, she returned to Prague and learned that all her family members were murdered. She evntually found relatives in Budapest and, through them, met Imre Messinger, a survivor of Soviet labor camps. Hannah emigrated to the United States on December 21, 1946, and Imre joined her in 1947.

Artwork Title
Family Embrace
Series Title
Last Journey
depiction:  1941-1945
creation:  approximately 1970
creation: Chicago (Ill.)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Hannah Messinger
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 21:51:11
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