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Autobiographical drawing by Halina Olomucki of two women in the Warsaw ghetto

Object | Accession Number: 2001.122.2

Pencil sketch created by 23 year old Halina Olszewski (later Olomucki) in the Warsaw ghetto in 1942. Following Germany's invasion of Poland on September1, 1939, Halina and her family were relocated to the ghetto. In May 1943, Halina and her mother, Margalit-Hadassa, were deported to Majdanek concentration camp, where her mother was killed upon arrival. In July, Halina was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau. During all this time, she continued to create drawings. The camp was evacuated by death march on January 18, 1945, to Ravensbrück. Halina was then sent to Neustadt-Glewe, where she was liberated by the Allies in May 1945. Halina returned to Poland where, from 1945-1947, she created works that present remarkable eyewitness testimony of what she had seen and experienced during the Shoah.

Artwork Title
Two Women (Ghetto)
creation:  1942
depiction:  1942
creation: Warsaw ghetto; Warsaw (Poland)
depiction: Warsaw ghetto; Warsaw (Poland)
Object Type
Pencil drawing (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:28:10
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