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Makeshift stove in the Wacs' home in Shanghai

Object | Accession Number: 2005.229.2

Drawing by 17 year old Ilie Wacs of the cooking stove made with a flower pot, used in his family’s home in Shanghai, China. Ilie’s family left Vienna for Shanghai soon after Kristallnacht in November, 1938. Nazi Germany had annexed Austria in March 1938 and the persecution of Jews was increasingly violent. In 1943, the Japanese, who controlled Shanghai, forced most Jewish refugees into ghettos. Conditions were very harsh, but Ilie’s family survived the war. With the assistance of the American Joint Distribution Committee, a Jewish aid organization, Ilie received a scholarship to study art in Paris.

Artwork Title
My Mother's Shanghai Cooking Stove
Date
1944  (creation)
Geography
creation : Shanghai (China)
Classification
Art
Category
Drawings
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ilie Wacs
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:09:31
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