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Portrait of a man in a cap, drawn by Alexander Bogen

Object | Accession Number: 2005.181.58

Sketch created by Alexander Bogen, depicting a Jewish man interned in the ghetto in Vilna, Lithuania. Bogen was an art student in Vilna in 1941 when Germany invaded and occupied Lithuania and neighboring countries. In the Vilna ghetto, he sketched scenes of the life of his fellow Jews interned there by the Germans. “An artist doomed to death,” he said in later years, “recording and so preserving those doomed to death.” In 1943, he escaped the ghetto and joined the partisans in the Naroch Forest in Belarussia, who carried out sabotage and other actions against the occupying German military. He helped lead the all-Jewish Nekama (Revenge) partisan brigade, and reentered the Vilna ghetto to help underground fighters escape as it was being liquidated by the Germans. When Lithuania was liberated in 1944 by Soviet forces, he returned to Vilna and resumed his studies.

Artwork Title
Jew in ghetto
Date
1943  (creation)
Geography
depiction : Vilna ghetto (Poland) (historic); Vilnius (Lithuania)
Classification
Art
Category
Drawings
Object Type
Ink drawings (tgm)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, The Abraham and Ruth Goldfarb Family Acquisition Fund
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:22:44
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