Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research




Skip to main content

Portrait of a Jewish Brigade soldier by Esther Lurie

Object | Accession Number: 1995.A.0989.29

Portrait drawing of Abraham Birman, a soldier in the Jewish Brigade drawn by Esther Lurie, after the war in 1945, when she lived in displaced persons camps in Naples, Italy. 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 in summer 1941 when it was occupied by 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
Abraham Birman, Soldier, Jewish Brigade, Naples, 1945
creation:  1945
creation: Naples (Italy)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Esther Lurie
Record last modified: 2023-08-25 08:41:18
This page: