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Woodblock designed by Alexander Bogen with 2 scenes: a Nazi menacing a group of Jews, and on the back, two soldiers sitting in the forest

Object | Accession Number: 2005.181.144

Woodblock designed by Alexander Bogen for printing a scene of a German officer menacing a group of Jews, and on the back, two soldiers sitting in the forest. Bogen was an art student in Vilna in 1941 when Germany invaded and occupied Lithuania and neighboring countries. In the 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 the ghetto and joined the partisans in the Naroch Forest in Belarussia, who carried out sabotage and other actions against the occupying German military. He helped lead the all-Jewish Nekama (Revenge) partisan brigade, and reentered the Vilna ghetto to help underground fighters escape as it was being liquidated by the Germans. When Lithuania was liberated in 1944 by Soviet forces, he returned to Vilna and resumed his studies.

Artwork Title
Scenes of Life in the Vilna Ghetto and the Nearby Forest
creation:  1943-1944
depiction: Vilna ghetto (Poland) (historic); Vilnius (Lithuania)
Object Type
Wood-engraving (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, The Abraham and Ruth Goldfarb Family Acquisition Fund
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:58:28
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