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Drawing of a memorial sculpture made to honor a Romanian Jewish boy who died in the ghetto

Object | Accession Number: 2013.452.2

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.

Artwork Title
Our Precious Angel
commemoration:  1942
Object Type
Commemoratives (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Michael Gorenstein
Record last modified: 2020-09-15 08:45:29
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