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Scenes from the life of a Jewish woman killed in Ukraine painted by a former child partisan

Object | Accession Number: 2006.125.91

Colorful watercolor by Arie Singer depicting 3 scenes with the same woman: having dinner, being rounded up by soldiers, laying dead, shot by soldiers. It is part of a series circa 1985-2000, based upon his memories as a 13 year old partisan fighter in the forests near Vilna, Poland, (Vilnius, Lithuania) and Belarus circa 1943-1944. After the Soviet occupation of Vilna in late 1939, Arie's family fled to Glembokie (Hlybokaye, Belarus). When Germany invaded in June 1941, German mobile killing units, 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 Ponary massacres in 1941. Arie and his mother, Chaya, age 35, escaped during liquidation of the ghetto. They went into hiding in the Nievier Forest near Vilna, and joined the partisans. The area was liberated by the Red Army in July 1944. After years in dp 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
Love, Life, and Death of a Jewish women in three scenes, March 3,1942
Series Title
In Memorium: Glembokie and Vilna
creation:  1999 December 05
depiction:  1942 March 03
creation: Tel Aviv (Israel)
depiction: Hlybokaye (Belarus)
Object Type
Naive art (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Arie Singer
Record last modified: 2021-03-08 16:25:40
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