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Autobiographical drawing of Jewish workers lined up to leave the ghetto

Object | Accession Number: 2006.125.28

Mixed media painting created by Arie Singer depicting life in the ghetto in Glembokie (Hlybokaye), Belarus, from 1941-1943. This image shows 2 lines of people with Stars of David on their backs waiting to go through the wooden gate to their forced labor assignments. This is part of a series of works about daily life in the Glembokie ghetto. 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
From Ghetto to Work
Series Title
In Memorium: Glembokie
creation:  1985-2000
depiction:  1941 January-1943 May
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 18:30:01
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