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Painting by Sophia Kalski based on her experiences as a young girl looking through a window at a horsedrawn sleigh packed with dead bodies

Object | Accession Number: 2004.698.4

Oil painting created by Sophia Kalski in 1988 about her life as a 9 year girl in the ghetto in Lwow, Poland (L’viv, Ukraine), from summer 1942 - March 1943. It depicts a young blond haired girl with blond looking out a wood framed window at a horsedrawn cart filled with bleeding bodies. There is a long red slash of paint in the upper right. In Sophia’s words: "On Jan. 7, 1943, after the aktion in Lwow, I see through the window people picking up corpses to bring them to a mass grave. The collection of the corpses lasts a day or two approximately."
In early 1942, Sophia and her parents, Natan and Sarah, were imprisoned in the Jewish ghetto in Trembowla, Poland (Terebovlia, Ukraine), by the occupying Germans. Natan escaped to Lwow, and Sophia was sent to live with him. In January 1943, Natan, died of typhus. Ten year old Sophia was on her own in the ghetto until March when she was able to escape and get back to Trembowla. That summer, the Germans began to destroy the ghetto, killing or deporting its Jewish residents. Sophia and her mother escaped to Humniska, where a Gentile couple, Anna and Voitek Gutonski, hid them in an underground burrow until the Soviet army liberated the area in March 1944.

Artwork Title
After the aktion in Lwow, January 7, 1943
creation:  1988
depiction:  1943 January 07
creation: Israel
depiction: Lwow (Poland) (historic); L'viv (Ukraine)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Sophia Kalski
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:47:35
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