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Albert Dov Sigal gouache and gold leaf painting of a seated man gazing at a large golden lion and another man with his finger raised in admonishment

Object | Accession Number: 1992.113.11

Gouache created by Albert Dov Sigal when he lived in Israel from 1948-1958. The stylized, abstract composition in gold and brown has an image of a man seated before a large golden lion with a cloth in its bared teeth. Next to the lion stands a man with his forearm raised, finger pointing upward. In 1939, Sigal was arrested by the fascist, antisemitic Romanian government and assigned to a forced labor battalion that repaired and built roads and railways. He started an underground art school with a group of friends and was active in the Romanian resistance. On December 27, 1947, the family sailed from Burgas, Bulgaria, towards Palestine aboard the Aliyah Bet illegal immigrant ship, Pan York. They were imprisoned by the British on Cyprus on December 31, 1947. Because his son was only 18 months old, Sigal and his family were permitted to enter Palestine on February 22, 1948. On May 14, the state of Israel was established and, within six months, all the refugees on Cyprus were welcomed into the Jewish homeland.

Artwork Title
Thou Shalt Have No Other G-ds Before Me
creation:  1948-1958
creation: Israel
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Rose Sigal Ibsen, In memory of my husband, Joseph P. Ibsen.
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:56:06
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