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Portrait of a Jewish Lithuanian partisan, drawn by Alexander Bogen

Object | Accession Number: 2005.181.98

Sketch of Tuvia Szeres, a 24 year old partisan fighter known as Tevko the Tiger, created by Alexander Bogen while he was a partisan fighter in the Naroch Forest in Belarussia during World War II. Bogen was an art student in Vilna (Vilnius) in June1941 when Germany occupied Lithuania. In the Vilna ghetto, he sketched scenes of the life of his fellow Jews interned there by the Germans. “An artist doomed to death,” he said in later years, “recording and so preserving those doomed to death.” In 1943, he escaped and joined the partisans, who carried out sabotage and other actions against the occupying German military. He was in the all-Jewish Nekama (Revenge) partisan brigade, and reentered Vilna ghetto to help underground fighters escape as it was being liquidated by the Germans in September 1943. When Lithuania was liberated in summer 1944 by Soviet forces, he returned to Vilna and resumed his studies. Tuvia was also interned in Vilna ghetto, escaping in 1943 to join the partisans. He was with the Chapaev Unit. After the war ended in May 1945, Tuvia did aid work in Italy, helping displaced persons with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and assisting Bricha, which helped survivors illegally emigrate to Palestine.

Artwork Title
Partisan - Tevko Szeres
creation:  1944 April 04
creation: Naroch Forest; Belarus
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, The Abraham and Ruth Goldfarb Family Acquisition Fund
Record last modified: 2023-02-27 13:53:50
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