Self portrait created by a former hidden child decades after the war
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Also in Roma Laks Kaplan collection
The collection consists of two self portraits created by Roma Kaplan in 1966.
Contains a memoir written by Hilary Laks in which he described his becoming chemical engineer in 1922, marrying Tauba Szamir in 1932, the birth of their only daughter, Romana in 1934, and later experiences during the Holocaust. In September 1939 the Laks family fled east and reached Baranowicze. In June 1940 the Laks family returned to German occupied Warsaw, but in November 1940 they had to move into the ghetto. During the mass deportation of summer 1942, they moved into the Schultze workshops; Hilary continued to work outside the ghetto and had a special pass. Little Roma was smuggled out of the ghetto and placed in a convent. Her mom fled the ghetto and was hidden together with her step-mother Halina Laks with the Grzywaczewski family. Hilary Laks crossed to the Aryan side in January 1943 and was hidden by the Miskiewicz family. During the Warsaw Uprising, Hilary and Janina were reunited and in January 1945 they found Roma in a convent in Stanislawow. In August 1946 they left for Sweden where they waited for a US visa. Also includes a letter in which Hilary Laks wrote about photographs taken by Leszek Grzywaczewski, a firefighter, during the Warsaw ghetto uprising in April-May 1943.