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Painting by Sophia Kalski based on her experiences as a young child finding refuge following the death of her father in the Lwow ghetto

Object | Accession Number: 2004.698.12

Oil painting created by Sophia Kalski in 1985 about her life as a 9 year girl n the ghetto in Lwow, Poland (L’viv, Ukraine), from summer 1942 - March 1943. Based on a day in March 1943, it depicts a young blond haired girl, sleeping atop a table, with her head on a red pillow, wearing a red dress, covered with a blue coat; floating above her head is a dream image of a man’s bust in a green uniform. In the upper right is red streak of red paint with a jagged bottom. In Sophia’s words: "I received a bed, March 1943, Lwow ghetto. I am alone, no parents and no home. I lived with three families in one room. In the last few nights, they let me sleep on a small table that stood in the corner next to the oven. The oven was not lit, and my blue coat was the one that kept me warm."
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
I received a bed
creation:  1985
depiction:  1943 March
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 09:47:34
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