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Bronze abstract sculpture with a marble base depicting a group of men, women, and children crowded into a boat, Exodus

Object | Accession Number: 2005.22.1 a-b

Sculpture created by Nathan Rapoport representing the voyage of the Exodus 1947. The sculpture depicts several figures gathered around a central bearded male figure positioned on a small sailing vessel. It is thought that Rapoport began drafting designs for this sculpture soon after the event and around the same time that he was creating his best-known work, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Memorial. However, the exact date and place of creation are unknown. The Exodus was a cargo ship that left France in 1947 intending to illegally transport 4500 Jewish Holocaust survivors to British ruled Palestine. British destroyers blockaded the ship and forced it to return to France. The passengers were removed from the ship and transferred to displaced persons camps in Germany. Rapoport was a Jewish artist from Warsaw, Poland. In 1939, he fled Warsaw during the German invasion and spent World War II in the Soviet Union. He was repatriated to Warsaw in 1946 and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Memorial was unveiled in 1948, after which he emigrated to Palestine. During his career, he produced multiple, large scale works memorializing the Holocaust worldwide.

Artwork Title
creation:  approximately 1950-1955
emigration:  1948
commemoration:  1947 June
creation: Israel
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Dina Recanati
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:25:32
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