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Drawing by Hannah Messinger of a cloaked woman and child slumped on a wall

Object | Accession Number: 2010.489.4

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 cloaked woman slumped against a wall with a horribly thin child in her lap. In December 1941, Hannah, her husband Karel Kohorn, and her family were deported from German-occupied Prague to Theresienstadt labor camp. Hannah had an abortion to avoid deportation to Poland. In September 1944, they were 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. Hannah emigrated to the United States on December 21, 1946.

Artwork Title
Waiting
Series Title
Last Journey
Date
1941-1945  (depiction)
approximately 1970  (creation)
Geography
creation : Chicago (Ill.)
Classification
Art
Category
Drawings
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Hannah Messinger
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Record last modified: 2018-03-19 10:35:41
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