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Painting by Sophia Kalski of a young girl and her mother with their rescuers in a wheatfield after their escape from the ghetto

Object | Accession Number: 2004.698.18

Oil painting created by Sophia Kalski in 1985 depicting herself at 10 years of age with her mother, Sarah Kerpholz. They are sitting on a blanket with the woman and her children who gave them a place to hide after their escape from the ghetto in Trembowla, Poland (Terebovlia, Ukraine), in summer 1943. In Sophia’s words: "After the liquidation of Trembowla, I escaped with my mother to the wheat field and we met there a woman with two children. We lived together with this woman and her children for a few weeks, and then we parted ways, and I and my mother went to a different village. After the war, we met again."
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
Rescue in a Wheat Field
creation:  1985
depiction:  1943 June
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 12:19:23
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