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Esther Lurie self-portrait study while a concentration camp inmate

Object | Accession Number: 1995.A.0989.23

Sketch for a self-portrait in a prison uniform drawn by Esther Lurie in 1958, based upon one she drew in 1944 while a prisoner in Stutthof concentration camp. 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
Study for a Self Portrait, Stutthof Concentration Camp, 1944, recreation 1958
creation:  1958
depiction:  1944
creation: Tel Aviv (Israel)
Object Type
Self-portraits (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Esther Lurie
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:52:44
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