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Watercolor depicting Nazi soldiers shooting Jewish men and boys into a blood streaked dirt ditch

Object | Accession Number: 2006.125.38

Watercolor painting by Arie Singer of German soldiers shooting boys and men at a large blood streaked dirt pit in the forest. It is from a series created from 1985-2000 based upon memories and events from his youth in Vilna and the Glembokie ghetto in Poland and with the partisans in the forests northeast of Vilna, Poland(Vilnius, Lithuania), and in Belarus from 1943-1944. After the Soviet occupation of Vilna 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
Shot in Ponary
Series Title
In Memorium: Glembokie and Vilna
creation:  1985-2000
depiction:  1941 September
creation: Tel Aviv (Israel)
Object Type
Naive art (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Arie Singer
Record last modified: 2022-08-01 10:35:15
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