Drawing of a memorial sculpture made to honor a Romanian Jewish boy who died in the ghetto
- Artwork Title
- Our Precious Angel
- Object Type
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Michael Gorenstein
Pastel drawing for a sculpture to be made in memory of 5 year old Dady Gorenstein, who died of typhus in the Mogilev-Podolski ghetto in 1942. His mother Laura wanted a monument created for Dady in Transnistria and had this drawing made of the potential design. In 1940, Dady lived in Craiova, Romania, with his parents Moritz and Laura, and infant brother Harry. That November, Romania joined the Axis alliance. The Antonescu government was violently antisemitic and 1000s of Jews were massacred in 1941. In October, the family was sent to Cernauti ghetto in northern Romania. In November, they were sent to the Mogilev-Podolski ghetto in Transnistria. Moritz was taken as a forced laborer for Organisation Todt (OT), the Nazi civil and military construction and engineering corps. That winter was extremely cold and thousands died from starvation or, like Dady, from typhus. In spring 1944, Moritz was released from his labor brigade and Laura and Harry were liberated by Soviet forces. They returned to Craiova,then left for Prague, and Paris, until emigrating to the US in 1949.
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Also in Michael Gorenstein family collection
The collection consists of a drawing, a photograph, and a letter relating to the experiences of Dady Gorenstein and his parents, Moritz and Laura Gorenstein, during the Holocaust when Dady died in the Mogilev-Podolski ghetto, and after the Holocaust in Transnistria.
Contains a photograph and Red Cross letter concerning the experiences of Morris and Lora Gorenstein, who were deported to Mogilev in Transnistria [modern day Moldova] with their children Harry and Dady. The letter is written from Morris Gorenstein in the Jewish Community of Transnistria to family in New York, who then responded and returned the letter inquiring after one family member, Dady, who Morris did not mention had died in Transnistria. The photograph is a post-war image of Morris, Lora, Harry and Michael Gorenstein.