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Albert Dov Sigal watercolor sketch of a bearded man in a green chair and a family seated around a Passover table with a pencil sketch on the reverse

Object | Accession Number: 1992.113.13

Watercolor painting created by Albert Dov Sigal when he lived in Israel from 1948-1958. It depicts an interior scene of a Jewish family with a bearded man in a red yarmulke seated in a green chair at the head of a table set for Passover, with a large lit candelabrum in the background. There is a preparatory pencil sketch on the reverse. 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
Family Seder
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: 2022-07-28 18:21:46
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