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Painting by Sophia Kalski based on her experiences as a young girl exhausted and alone in a bare room in the Lwow ghetto

Object | Accession Number: 2004.698.8

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 small blond haired girl curled up on the wood floor in an empty room. In Sophia’s words: "February 1943 - I reached some apartment. I hid my shoes which were too small for me and my coat. I am very hungry and exhausted. There is no one with me. I long to put my head on my father's shoulder, but he isn't anymore. I put my head on a crate that was in the empty room."
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
Thinking of Father
creation:  1987
depiction:  1943 February
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 09:47:38
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