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Pin used to attach a Holocaust commemorative ribbon worn by a Latvian Jewish survivor

Object | Accession Number: 1995.A.0989.5 a

Straight pin used by Esther Lurie, ca. 1960s, to attach a Ghetto House Fighter's Museum Holocaust commemorative ribbon. Esther, a professionally trained artist, originally from Liepaja, Latvia, settled in Palestine in 1934. She was visiting her sister in Kovno (Kaunus), Lithuania, in summer 1941 when it was occupied by Germany. She was confined to the ghetto and had to create artwork for the Germans. She also, at the request of the Jewish Council, dedicated herself to recording the daily life of the residents. In July 1944, the ghetto was liquidated. Esther was sent to Stutthof concentration camp, where she continued to draw. Her family members were sent to Auschwitz and murdered. In August 1944, she was deported to Leibisch, which was liberated by the Soviet Army on January 21, 1945. During the journey back to Palestine, she lived in a displaced persons camp in Italy, where her drawings of Leibisch were exhibited.

distribution: Lohame ha-Geta’ ot (Israel)
Tools and Equipment
Object Type
Straight pins (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Esther Lurie
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:20:04
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