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Albert Dov Sigal watercolor sketch of a bearded man leading one group of people through a parted sea while others float away

Object | Accession Number: 1992.113.12

Watercolor sketch created by Albert Dov Sigal when he lived in Israel from 1948-1958. It depicts Moses leading his people through the parted Red Sea as soldiers and chariots float in the background where the sea has closed. This is a preparatory sketch for a large oil painting. 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, he and his family sailed from Burgas, Bulgaria, towards Palestine aboard the Aliyah Bet illegal immigrant ship, Pan York. Palestine was ruled by the British under a United Nations mandate and the postwar immigration policy was very restrictive. Ships attempting to bring unauthorized refugees to the country were stopped and the passengers were interned. Sigal, his wife, Rozi, and their young son, Daniel, were imprisoned in a detention camp 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
Crossing the Red Sea
Date
1948-1958  (creation)
Geography
creation : Israel
Classification
Art
Category
Paintings
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Rose Sigal Ibsen, In memory of my husband, Joseph P. Ibsen.
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:22:03
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