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Painting by Sophia Kalski of a young girl sitting with raised fists on a trash heap of discarded objects surrounded by oversized burning candles

Object | Accession Number: 2004.698.20

Oil painting created by Sophia Kalski in 1987 expressing her sorrow and anger over what was lost by the 9 year Sophia due to her experiences in the Holocaust, imprisonment in the ghettos in Lwow and Trembowla, Poland (Lviv and Terebovlia, Ukraine), from 1942-1943, then in hiding in a village barn.
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
Commemorating the past while looking to the future
creation:  1987
depiction:  1942 September-1944 March
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 12:56:57
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