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"My Home There" – Artworks from the Ghetto Fighters' House Collection

"My Home There" – Artworks from the Ghetto Fighters' House Collection

There was my home
There the sky
There the water
And there was chaos everywhere (Michal Sadan)

The meaning of the word "home" is manifold: a home is a place to live that carries a meaning of material property and a sense of security. A home is a person's private and personal space, which enables the household members to look outside in order to find their place in the world. The home also symbolizes the family (small or extended), and even the human body itself, the dwelling of the soul.

Home, warmth, family, affection: These words are so clear to us during our childhood. The word "home" is accompanied by the knowing that we have a place to return to, where we would be accepted as we are.
Yet sometimes, the circumstances force a different reality…

The Ghetto Fighters' House Art Collection holds thousands of unique drawings, oil paintings and sculptures. "My Home There", which deals with the concepts of home and family, exhibits artworks from before, during and after the Holocaust. The title corresponds with the opening sentence in the permanent exhibition "The Jewish Child During the Holocaust", thus creating a continuity between both exhibitions: "I was little then, I had a home there, parents and two older brothers…" Some of the artists are Holocaust survivors; others were born in Europe before the war or in Mandatory Palestine.

These artworks reflect the important role played by art for the human spirit and the significance of home and family.

We have a great deal of information about most of the artists, yet some works are unnamed and undated. We exhibit works by six Jewish artists who were active during the Holocaust. Some drew in secrecy and risked their lives in ghettos and camps (such as Aizik-Adolphe Féder, who perished in Auschwitz in 1943).  The ones who survived kept on drawing for the rest of their lives (such as Irene Awret, the youngest of the artists exhibited here, who was interned in the Mechelen camp in Belgium and later immigrated to Israel and was one of the founders of the artist colony in Safed). There are also works by Holocaust survivors like Moshe Kupferman, Paul Kor and Samuel Bak, who drew their wartime memories immediately after the war. Others, such as Shoshana Neuman, only began to confront their loss many years later.

Produced and performed by the museum staff:

Researchers and curators: the Yad LaYeled team, supervised by Dr. Michal Sadan
Preparation of artworks: Galina Sergienko, Anat Bratman-Elhalel
Translation: Madene Shachar
Art hanging and lighting: Victor Nemirovsky, Meir Atias

This exhibition was made possible with the support of Yad LaYeled France

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