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Woodcut by Alexander Bogen of residents and a guard in the Vilna ghetto

Object | Accession Number: 2005.425.2

Woodcut by Alexander Bogen, depicting a German soldier menacing a Jewish woman and an elderly Jewish man. Bogen was an art student in Vilna in 1941 when Germany invaded and occupied Lithuania. Imprisoned in the Vilna ghetto, he sketched scenes of the life of his fellow Jews. “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 joined the all-Jewish Nekhama (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
Nazi Soldier Confronts Two Jews
depiction:  1941-1943
depiction: Vilna ghetto (Poland) (historic); Vilnius (Lithuania)
Object Type
Wood-engraving (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Alexander Bogen
Record last modified: 2023-02-27 13:47:31
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