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Watercolor of five people under a vine painted by an orphan child at Lingfield House

Object | Accession Number: 2007.423.17

Post-war painting depicting children under a vine with hanging fruit, likely celebrating the Sukkot holiday. Sukkot is a weeklong Jewish holiday that celebrates harvest and commemorates the forty-year period during which the children of Israel were wandering in the desert. The drawing was made for Alice Goldberger by a child at Weir Courtney, an estate home in Surrey England where orphaned children who survived internment in concentration camps were cared for after the war. Alice, the matron of Weir Courtney, gave this and other artwork to former resident Judith Sherman. Judith and her younger sister Mirjam were from the village of Kurima in Czechoslovakia. In 1942, the situation became increasingly dangerous for Jews, and the sisters were sent into hiding in Hungary by their family. Mirjam remained with a family in hiding, but Judith was captured while hiding in the forest and sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp. Their parents, brother, and numerous extended family members were all killed in concentration camps. After the war, the sisters were sent to England to live at Weir Courtney along with 22 other child survivors. The home provided a safe, caring, and nourishing environment for the children. Aside from their regular studies, the children gardened, studied music and dance, learned Hebrew, and were encouraged to create art.

creation:  after 1945-before 1949
creation: Lingfield (England)
Children's art
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Judith Sherman
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:09:46
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