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Drawing of the Virgin Mary by an American concentration camp inmate

Object | Accession Number: 2016.468.6

Pencil drawing of the Virgin Mary created by Elsie Ragusin while she was a prisoner in Ravensbrück concentration camp in February 1945. Elsie was born in New York to a couple who had immigrated years earlier from Italy to America. In 1939, the Ragusin family went to Italy on an extended visit. Elsie and her father were arrested as political spies. Elsie was imprisoned in Auschwitz and Ravensbrück. She was liberated in 1945, and taken to Sweden to recover. She returned to the US in December 1945, and was reunited with her brothers.

Date
1945 November 20  (creation)
Geography
creation : Ravensbruck (Concentration camp); Ravensbruck (Germany)
Classification
Art
Category
Drawings
Object Type
Religious art (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-09-27 16:15:01
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