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Ten preparatory figure sketches by Esther Lurie

Object | Accession Number: 1995.A.0989.15

Study sketches of ten figures for the drawing, Raiding a Potato Field, done by Esther Lurie based upon her experiences in Kovno Ghetto. This drawing is a 1957 recreation of a scene she saw and drew in 1946. The original drawing was hidden in Kovno but lost in the destruction of the ghetto. It had been photographed in the ghetto with a Leica camera by the lawyer Avraham Tory. Esther recreated the drawing in its original 25x35 cm. size in 1957 for the album A Living Testimony. 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.

Artwork Title
10 Figures Sketches, Raiding a Potato Field, Kovno Ghetto
Series Title
Living Testimony
creation:  1957
depiction:  1941
creation: Tel Aviv (Israel)
depiction: Kovno ghetto (historic); Kaunas (Lithuania)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Esther Lurie
Record last modified: 2023-05-31 06:51:15
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