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Autobiographical sketch of a boy in bed when soldiers raid the home by a former child partisan

Object | Accession Number: 2006.125.74

Watercolor in grays and blacks by Arie Singer depicting a young boy in bed being looked at by a couple with Jewish stars and 2 soldiers with drawn pistols. It is from a series created from 1985-2000 based upon memories and events from his youth in the Glembokie ghetto in 1941-1944. After the Soviet occupation of Vilna, Poland, in late 1939, Arie's family fled to Glembokie (Hlybokaye, Belarus). When Germany invaded he Soviet Union 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
About a Boy, February 15, 1943
Series Title
In Memorium: Glembokie and Vilna
creation:  approximately 1985-2000
depiction:  1943 February 15
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 16:00:45
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