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Imagined scene of inmates playing violins as Jews are sorted by German guards at a concentration camp

Object | Accession Number: 2006.125.22

Detailed colored drawing by Arie Singer depicting an imagined scene a group of men, women, and children with backpacks and wearing yellow Stars of David walking across a yard and being sorted into lines by green uniformed Nazi soldiers. Three people in striped uniforms hold violins in the upper left and 3 people enter a wooden building on the right. After the Soviet occupation of Vilna, Poland (Vilnius, Lithuania), in late 1939, nine 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
Auschwitz Orchestra and Crematorium
Series Title
Imagining Auschwitz
creation:  2000 October 10
depiction:  1942-1945
creation: Tel Aviv (Israel)
Object Type
Naive art (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Arie Singer
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:59:11
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