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Watercolor of Jewish children, men, and women squeezed into a room with large vents

Object | Accession Number: 2006.125.52

Watercolor created by Arie Singer around 1985 in memory of those killed by the Germans in the gas chambers at Auschwitz death camp. The names of Arie and his mother, Chaya, who both survived to bear witness to the Holocaust, are written on one wall. After the Soviet occupation of Vilna, Poland (Vilnius, Lithuania), in late 1939, 9 year old Arie and his 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, age 38, was killed in the massacres at Ponary in 1941. As the pogroms continued into the spring of 1943, Arie and his mother, Chaya, age 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 in 1975.

Artwork Title
Commeration: the Gas Chamber at Auschwitz
Series Title
In Memorium
creation:  approximately 1985-2000
creation: Tel Aviv (Israel)
Object Type
Naive art (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Arie Singer
Record last modified: 2021-03-08 16:25:42
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