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Girl pointing at the moon depicted in a sketch by a Kindertransport refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2007.290.2

Drawing created by Erika Schulhof during her participation in an art therapy group in the United States after the war. Erika explains that: "This recalls my father's comforting words before I left Austria. He said we would both be looking at the same moon from different parts of the world. So then, as drawn, I look at the moon in Aberdeen, Scotland, when Nazi planes are flying overhead and there are machine gun bullet holes on the ground, but I look at the moon and think of my father." Erika was the only child of an assimilated Jewish couple, Dr. Friedrich and Gertrude Schulhof. Her father lost his job because he was Jewish according to the racial laws passed after Germany annexed Austria in March 1938. The family moved to Vienna and, following the Kristallnacht pogrom that November, decided to send 10 year old Erika on a Kindertransport. Her parents were not able to get permits to leave Austria and, in October 1941, they were deported to the Łódź ghetto. In 1943, they were murdered in the Chelmno killing center. Most of Erika's relatives were killed during the Holocaust. But in 1949, she was able to join her maternal aunt who had escaped to the United States in 1938.

Artwork Title
Looking at the Moon
depiction:  1938-1941
creation: United States
Children's art
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Erika Rybeck
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:37:25
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