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Sketch of the Israel Philharmonic by Esther Lurie

Object | Accession Number: 1995.A.0989.30

Sketch of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra drawn by Esther Lurie in Tel Aviv in 1962. Lurie's drawings and sketches, created from 1941-1944, and her later reconstructions, of life as a prisoner in Kovno Ghetto and Stutthof and Leibisch concentration camps, present 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
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, 1962
creation:  1962
creation: Tel Aviv (Israel)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Esther Lurie
Record last modified: 2023-08-25 15:22:35
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