Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research




Skip to main content

Autobiographical painting of a boy watching Nazi soldiers detaining a group of Jewish men at gunpoint

Object | Accession Number: 2006.125.31

Mixed media painting created by Arie Singer memorializing the day, July 17, 1941, that his father, Zvi, was taken and shot in the Ponary forest. It depicts Arie’s father, Zvi, standing with a group of men wearing Star of David badges in front of a red brick building with soldiers pointing pistols at them. Arie and his mother can be seen at a window; the Singer family lived in the red brick building next to a synagogue. It is from a series created from 1985-2000 based upon 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, 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
Zvi Singer
Series Title
In Memorium: Glembokie
creation:  1985-2000
depiction:  1941 July 17
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 09:09:05
This page: