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Sketch of a worker carrying a shovel drawn by Esther Lurie

Object | Accession Number: 1995.A.0989.25

Ink sketch of a worker carrying a shovel drawn by Esther Lurie in 1957 recreating a drawing she did in Kovno Ghetto in 1941. Esther did hundreds of drawings in the ghetto but most were lost. 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
Laborer with a Shovel, Kovno Ghetto 1941, recreation 1957
creation:  1957
depiction:  1941
creation: Tel Aviv (Israel)
Object Type
Drawing (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Esther Lurie
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:52:32
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