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Child's drawing of a woman and a little girl created by a hidden child for her rescuers

Object | Accession Number: 2005.605.2

Portrait of herself and her foster mother created by 5 year old Irena Roztropowicz (Sabina Kagan) on March 16, 1946, for the birthday of Josef Roztropowicz, whose family saved Sabina from starvation in Radziwillow, Poland (Radyvyliv, Ukraine) in 1942. Sabina's parents had paid a Polish family to hide her, but when her parents were murdered, the family abandoned Sabina. She was discovered in a basement by a teenage girl who told the Roztropowicz family. Jozef and Natalia, and their children, Janina, 18 years, Stanislava (Stanka) 16 years, and Andrzej, 13 years, raised Sabina as their own daughter and sister. They named her Irena (Inka) and she was baptized as a Catholic in 1945. In the postwar period, the family experienced financial hardship and, in October 1948, decided the best thing for Sabina was to turn her over to the Coordinating Committee for Jewish Children in Łódź. In 1949, Sabina was adopted by a Jewish couple. They immigrated to Israel and never spoke to Sabina about her past. It was not until 1999 that Sabina discovered that she was adopted, that her biological parents had been killed, and that she had been rescued and, for six years, a member of the Roztropowicz family. She met them again in 2000 when she attended the ceremony in Warsaw where Jozef and Natalia were posthumously honored by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations.

Artwork Title
Beloved Daddy Name Day
creation:  1946 March 16
creation: Radyvyliv (Ukraine)
Children's art
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Stanislava Roztropowicz-Szkubel
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:11:00
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