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  • Esther Lurie, Artist of the Kovno Ghetto

    Esther Lurie was born in Liepaja, Latvia, emigrated to Palestine in 1934 and returned to the Baltic States several times for exhibitions. She was caught in Lithuania when the war between Germany and the USSR broke out in 1941 and survived the Kovno Ghetto and Stutthoff concentration camp. Many of her works survived in hidden spaces of the Ghetto

    For a complete biography of the artist and Kovno Ghetto see:

    • Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team
    • Holocaust Studies
    • Jewish Virtual Library, the Kovno Ghetto
    • Jewish Virtual Library, Partisan Photos of the Kovno Ghetto
    • Learning about the Holocaust through art
    • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    • ushmm.org
    • Scenes from The Kovno Ghetto in Lithuania all dated 1942

      Girl with a Yellow Badge
      Girl with a Yellow Badge, 1359
      Amid Piles of FurnitureAmid Piles of Furniture, 1360 Temporary DwellingsTemporary Dwellings, 1361 Room after the SlaughterRoom after the Slaughter, 1362
      Raiding a Potato FieldRaiding a Potato Field, 1363 The Wooden Bridge (1)The Wooden Bridge (1), 1364 The Wooden Bridge (2)The Wooden Bridge (2) Bridge over "Aryan" Street in the ghetto was repeated in several ghettos., 1365 What was left of the hospitalWhat was left of the hospital, 1366
      What was left of the hospital (detail)What was left of the hospital (detail), 1367 Messenger boyMessenger boy, 1370 The Main Gate of the Kovno GhettoThe Main Gate of the Kovno Ghetto, 1371 Four Airfield WorkersFour Airfield Workers, 1372
      At the communal kitchensAt the Communal Kitchens, 1373 Women at the Communal Kitchens
      Women at the Communal Kitchens, 1374
      The Garden WatchersThe Garden Watchers, 1375 Children Carrying BranchesChildren Carrying Branches, 1376
      Courtyard in old SlobodkaCourtyard in old Slobodka, 1377 Democrats SquareDemocrats Square, 1378 Barbed-wire fence and one of the gates of the little ghettoBarbed-wire fence and one of the gates of the little ghetto, 1379 The Big BlocksThe "Big Blocks", 1380
      The Little BlocksThe "Little Blocks" The Road to the Ninth Fort (Killing site)The Road to the Ninth Fort (Killing site), 1384 The Main Ghetto gate and view of the bridge to SlobodkaThe Main Ghetto gate and view of the bridge to Slobodka, 1384 The Last Road (Courtesy of Tel Aviv Museum Collection)The Last Road (Courtesy of Tel Aviv Museum Collection), 1385
      House of the Council of Elders (Judenrat)House of the Council of Elders (Judenrat), 1386