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Double sided sketch of Kovno Ghetto life by Esther Lurie

Object | Accession Number: 1995.A.0989.27

Two sided pencil sketches of Kovno Ghetto scenes created by Esther Lurie. One sketch depicts a bridge over barbed wire; the other, seated figures with Stars of David. The scenes were witnessed in the Ghetto in 1941, but drawn in 1957. Lurie's drawings and sketches, created from 1941-1944, while a prisoner in Kovno ghetto and Stutthof and Leibisch concentration camps, exhibited and published in 1945, presented eloquent visual and written testimony of daily life during the Holocaust. 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
Bridge in Kovno Ghetto/Men with Stars of David, Kovno Ghetto, 1941
depiction:  1941
creation:  1957
depiction: Kovno ghetto (historic); Kaunas (Lithuania)
creation: Tel Aviv (Israel)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Esther Lurie
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:53:33
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