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Commemorative postage stamp mockup with art by Esther Lurie

Object | Accession Number: 1995.A.0989.10

Sheet of four Israeli postage stamp designs featuring sketches by Esther Lurie based upon her experiences while incarcerated in Kovno Ghetto and Stutthof and Leibisch concentration camps from 1941-1945. The stamps were designed by Roli Studio, a major firm in Tel Aviv who created the postal logo, as well as many national stamps. Esther, originally from Liepaja, Latvia, settled in Palestine in 1934. She was visiting her sister in Kovno (Kaunas, Lithuania] in summer 1941, when it was occupied by Nazi Germany. She was confined to the ghetto and had to create portraits and paintings 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, Esther was deported to Leibisch, and 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.

issue:  1958
depiction:  1944
issue: Israel
manufacture: Tel Aviv (Israel)
Exchange Media
Postage stamps
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Esther Lurie
Record last modified: 2021-03-08 16:25:40
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