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Watercolor self-portrait by a Polish Jewish refugee in Stuttgart DP camp

Object | Accession Number: 2012.426.2

Watercolor self-portrait created by 20 year old Cai Her Wajnsztat (later Zvi Weinstadt) in Stuttgart displaced persons camp in Germany. In February 1940, the Germans turned the Jewish quarter of Łódź, Poland, where Zvi lived with his parents, Icek and Blima, and his 11 year old sister Hadasa, into a sealed ghetto. In September 1942, Blima and the children were rounded up for transport to Chelmno killing center. Zvi and Hadasa jumped off the wagon, but when Blima jumped, she was run over. Icek brought her home. Soon after, he was taken away and Blima died of her injuries. On August 8, 1944, Zvi and Hadasa were transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. The siblings were separated. Hadasa remained in the camp and died after being hospitalized in September 1944. Icek was selected for work and soon deported to Dachau and then to a subcamp, Kaufering IV. In April 1945, he was transferred back to Dachau, where he was liberated by US soldiers and then hospitalized for tuberculosis. On September 11, he was released from the hospital at Bietigheim DP camp, where he stayed until July 1946 when he transferred to Stuttgart DP camp. In early 1947, Zvi boarded a ship for Palestine. The British Navy intercepted the ship and placed the Jewish refugees in an internment camp on Cyprus. The State of Israel was established in May 1948. Zvi immigrated to Israel in 1949. In the 1950s, Zvi married Ester Steinkeller, a survivor from Katowice, Poland.

Artwork Title
Self-portrait of Zvi Weinstadt, Stuttgart DP camp, 1946 - 1947
creation:  1946 July-approximately 1947
creation: Stuttgart (Displaced persons camp); Stuttgart (Germany)
Object Type
Self-portraits (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ester and Zvi Weinstadt
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:19:30
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