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Albert Dov Sigal muted watercolor painting of a young woman, holding an infant, walking with her family on a seaside road based upon his arrival in Palestine

Object | Accession Number: 1992.113.14

Watercolor painting created by Albert Dov Sigal based upon the experiences of his family as newly arrived emigrants to Palestine on February 22, 1948. It depicts the artist and his family as they arrive in their new home. It is an image of a man with bags, followed by two women, one with a baby, with a small village in the background. This was a preparatory sketch for a lithograph. See 1990.242.2 and 1990.242.4 for other versions of this scene. 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
Aliya to Israel watercolor
depiction:  1948 February 22
creation:  1948-1958
depiction: Palestine
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 08:56:03
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