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Woodcut by Alexander Bogen of two partisans standing on a railroad track, working with a crowbar, near a sign that says “To Minsk.”

Object | Accession Number: 2005.181.69

Woodcut created by Alexander Bogen while he was a partisan fighter in the Naroch Forest in Belarussia during World War II. The woodcut depicts two of his fellow partisans sabotaging a railroad track. 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, 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
Partisans on the railway
1944  (creation)
depiction : Naroch Forest; Belarus
Object Type
Wood-engraving (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, The Abraham and Ruth Goldfarb Family Acquisition Fund
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Record last modified: 2019-02-11 07:01:11
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