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Commemorative clay sculpture of a child and adult before a wall by Vera Meisels

Object | Accession Number: 2010.495.2

Clay sculpture featuring the figures of a child and an adult at the base of a high wall created by Vera Meisels, circa 2000. It commemorates her experiences as an 8 year old prisoner in Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp from December 1944-May 1945. Vera, her parents, Cecilia and Zoltan, and her 12 year old sister, Aliska, fled Ruzomberok, Czechoslovakia, after the Slovak National Uprising against the Nazi allied government in August 1944. They hid in the mountains, but when they ran out of food, returned to town and were arrested by the Germans. Vera’s father was sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Vera, her sister, and her mother were deported to Auschwitz, but the train was redirected to Theresienstadt because recent actions by saboteurs had destroyed parts of the camp. On May 9, 1945, Terezin was liberated by the Soviet Army. Vera, Cecilia, and Aliska returned to Presov where they were reunited with Zoltan.

Artwork Title
The Lost Child
creation:  approximately 2000
creation: Tel Aviv (Israel)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Vera Meisels
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:16:25
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