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Autobiographical painting of partisans approaching train tracks near Lokda

Object | Accession Number: 2006.125.6

Painting by Arie (Aryeh) Singer depicting himself with a group of partisans near Lokda. It is from a series created from 1985-2000 detailing memories and events from his youth as a 13 year old partisan fighter in the forests northeast of Vilna, Poland, (Vilnius, Lithuania) and in Belarus from 1943-1944. After the Soviet occupation of Vilna in late 1939, Arie's family fled to Glembokie (Hlybokaye, Belarus). When Germany invaded Russia in June 1941, the area was assaulted by German mobile killing units, who with the help of the local populace, murdered thousands of Jews. Arie and his mother were forced into the Jewish ghetto. His father, Zvi, 38, was killed in the massacres at Ponary in 1941. In sprng 1943, Arie and his mother, Chaya, 35, escaped the ghetto, which was being destroyed by the Germans. They went into hiding in the Nievier Forest near Vilna, where they engaged in partisan activities. The area was liberated by the Red Army in July 1944. After some years in a displaced persons camps, Arie and Chaya emigrated to Israel in the late 1940s. Colonel Singer began creating this series of paintings about his Holocaust experiences in the mid 1980s as rehabilitation following a stroke.

Artwork Title
Aryeh with Partisans in Lokda, 22.9.43
Series Title
Partisans Near Belarus
creation:  1985-2000
depiction:  1943 September 22
creation: Tel Aviv (Israel)
Object Type
Naive art (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Arie Singer
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:29:59
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