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Painting by Sophia Kalski based on her experiences as a young girl standing alone at the Lwow ghetto fence in the falling snow

Object | Accession Number: 2004.698.7

Oil painting created by Sophia Kalski in 1987 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 standing in the snow with a line of people in front of a barbed wire topped fence. In Sophia’s words: "Lwow, winter 1943. I walk round and round all alone in the streets and I don't know - should I go left or right..."
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
Lwow,Winter 1943
Date
1986  (creation)
1943 January  (depiction)
Geography
creation : Israel
depiction : Lwow (Poland) (historic); L'viv (Ukraine)
Language
Hebrew
Classification
Art
Category
Paintings
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Sophia Kalski
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:33
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