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Autobiographical watercolor of a Jewish family in their forest hideout done by a former child partisan

Object | Accession Number: 2006.125.77

Watercolor of a partisan Jewish family, including Aryeh and his cousin Edith, eating dinner in their dugout painted by Arie Singer. It is from a series created from 1985-2000 based upon memories as a 13 year old partisan fighter in the forests near 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 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 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
Jewish family dinner, November 10-20, 1942
Series Title
In Memorium: Glembokie and Vilna
Date
approximately 1985-2000  (creation)
1942 November 10-1942 November 20  (depiction)
Geography
creation : Tel Aviv (Israel)
Language
Hebrew
Classification
Art
Category
Paintings
Object Type
Naive art (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Arie Singer
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:25:21
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