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Painting by Sophia Kalski of a young girl watching 4 men carry a woman shot to death by the Germans in the Trembowla ghetto

Object | Accession Number: 2004.698.16

Oil painting created by Sophia Kalski in 1987 about her life as a 10 year girl in the ghetto in Trembowla, Poland (Terebovlia, Ukraine), in April 1943. It depicts a young blond haired girl watching 4 men carry the dead body of a woman dripping blood from a blue blanket. There is a slash of red paint in the upper right. In Sophia’s words: "Murder in the street. In Trembowla ghetto, in the spring of 1943. A woman walked in the ghetto and all of a sudden, a German murdered her for no reason. Hearing the screaming, I walked out and I saw four policemen removing her wrapped in a blanket and drops of blood falling on the road."
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
Murder in the street
creation:  1987
depiction:  1943 April
creation: Israel
depiction: Trembowla ghetto (Poland) (historic); Terebovlia (Ukraine)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Sophia Kalski
Record last modified: 2022-09-06 12:08:01
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