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Abstract painting of a prison camp with ghostlike figures and a hanging created postwar by a former inmate

Object | Accession Number: 2007.513.1

Abstract impressionistic white painting created by Motke Blum in 2004, evoking his experiences in forced labor camps in Romania during the Holocaust. His "need for constant renewal" led to minimalist work done in gradations of white. Motke was from Romania where violent persecution of Jews was common by the late 1930s. It increased when the revolutionary Fascist Iron Guard took over the country in September 1940. That year, 15 year old Motke was sent to a forced labor camp near Bucharest, then to Obor labor camp where he worked 20 hours a day, unloading trains and clearing bombed areas of rubble and dead bodies. He escaped and was recaptured twice, and was successful in his third attempt in 1944, all with the assistance of the Gordonia Zionist movement. He was smuggled out of Romania on a fishing boat and eventually reached Palestine.

Artwork Title
What is Left
Date
approximately 2004  (creation)
Geography
manufacture : Netanyah (Israel)
Language
Hebrew
Classification
Art
Category
Paintings
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Motke Blum
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:09:05
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