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Portrait print by Esther Lurie of a young woman wearing a plaid dress with two Star of David badges

Object | Accession Number: 2013.447.1

Print of a portrait drawing by Esther Lurie of a young woman in checked dress with two Star of David patches. It is print 19 of 20 and is signed the artist. This print is a version of the drawing, Portrait of a Young Girl with Two Yellow Badges, which Lurie did in the Kovno ghetto and for which she was awarded the Dizengoff Prize in 1946 in Palestine. In 1934, Esther and her family emigrated from Latvia to Palestine. She went to Europe in 1939 for advanced art training and was visiting relatives in Lithuania when World War II began with the September invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany. In summer 1941, Germany occupied Lithuania and Esther was interned in the Kovno ghetto. She created many works of daily ghetto life, and some were buried in urns to preserve as evidence. The ghetto was liquidated in July 1944 and Esther was transported to Stutthof concentration camp in Poland. The camp was liberated by Soviet forces on May 9, 1945. Esther went to a displaced persons camp in Italy and her drawings of life in the Kovno ghetto and in Stutthof concentration camp were exhibited and published there. Esther returned to Palestine in 1945.

Artwork Title
Kovno Ghetto 1941
Alternate Title
Portrait of a Young Girl with Two Yellow Badges
Diukan na’arah ‘im shnei tla’im tsehubim
depiction:  1941
Object Type
Portraits (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Judith Shapiro
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:55:05
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