Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Warsaw Ghetto Trolley

Akiva Kenet Segan drew this Star of David on the Muranow Street Trolley Car in the Warsaw Ghetto

Copyright: Akiva Kenet Segan 2008


Drawn from a photo in the book The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising - 45th Anniversary (Interpress, Warsaw, 1988) this drawing became the first drawing of the Under the Wings of G-D series. The photo is in the chapter Life in the Ghetto.

I was struck by the three figures: the conductor and two men on either side of the of the front of the trolley, all of whom, I contemplated, probably went up in smoke in the gas chambers or died in the ghetto, itself a concentration camp where over one-hundred thousand people died in 1941. The trolley itself would have been removed by the Nazi's for its valuable metal.

The two wings were drawn on subsequent visits to the Burke Museum of Natural History at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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