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Sketch of a Baroque theater and park drawn by Esther Lurie

Object | Accession Number: 1995.A.0989.40

Sketch of the Opera and Ballet Theater in Odessa, Soviet Union ( now Odesa, Ukraine), drawn by Esther Lurie in Febraury 1945 when she passed through the city on her way to Italy following her January liberation from Leibisch slave labor camp. 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 was published.

Artwork Title
Odessa Opera House, March 1945
depiction:  1945 February
creation:  1945 March
depiction: Odessa Symphony Orchestra of Opera and Ballet; Odesa (Ukraine)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Esther Lurie
Record last modified: 2021-03-08 16:19:20
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