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Person waiting at a ghetto gate drawn by Esther Lurie

Object | Accession Number: 1995.A.0989.19

Pencil sketch of the gate to Vorniyo Street in Kovno Ghetto drawn by Esther Lurie who lived in the ghetto from 1941-1944. This study drawing is a 1957 recreation of one done in 1946, but lost in the destruction of the ghetto. Esther recreated the drawing in 1957 for the album A Living Testimony. Second original on the same subject is in the collection of Sarah Milo. 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
Gate in Vorniyo Street, Kovno Ghetto 1943, recreated 1957
Series Title
Living Testimony
creation:  1957
depiction:  1943
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: 2021-02-10 08:53:46
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