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Painting by Sophia Kalski based on her experiences as a young girl with her father in a restaurant in the Lwow ghetto

Object | Accession Number: 2004.698.9

Oil painting created by Sophia Kalski in 1985 about her life as a 9 year girl in the ghetto in Lwow, Poland (L’viv, Ukraine), from summer 1942 - March 1943. Based on a day from December 1942, it depicts the view, from the outside looking in, through the large square window of a dark brown wooden building of a young girl and man seated at a table. The roof is snow covered, and there is a long dripping streak of red paint on the left. In Sophia’s words: "The restaurant. In the beginning Dec. 1942, we had nothing. We sold each one of our possessions, and with the money that we received for these items, we bought food in the restaurant which was in the ghetto. The menu today was: soup and a potato. The money was enough for only one bowl, we received with it two spoons. I requested from my father that he should eat the potato because I ate two days ago, but he pushed me to eat."
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
The Restaurant 1942
creation:  1985
depiction:  1942 December
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 09:47:36
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