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Prewar portrait of a male artist by Esther Lurie

Object | Accession Number: 1995.A.0989.26

Portrait of a male friend, Rudi, drawn by Esther Lurie in Tel Aviv, Palestine, ca. 1935. Rudi was a sculptor and immigrant from Germany. Esther, originally from Liepaja, Latvia, settled in Palestine in 1934. She was visiting her sister in Kovno (Kaunus), 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 an exhibition of her drawings was held and an exhibit catalog published.

Artwork Title
Portrait of Rudi, Tel Aviv, 1935
creation:  1935
creation: Tel Aviv (Palestine) historic; Tel Aviv (Israel)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Esther Lurie
Record last modified: 2023-05-31 06:51:16
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