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Portrait of Masha Rolnik, by Esther Lurie

"Portrait of Masha Rolnik, Leibisch concentration camp, 1944" by Esther Lurie. This image shows three sketches of Masha Rolnikaite (Rolnik) drawn by Esther Lurie, in approximately 1965, for the cover of Masha's memoir, Ikh muz dertseyin [I have to tell]. They reproduce the drawing of Masha that Esther made when both were prisoners in a forced-labor camp.
 
Esther Lurie was active in documenting scenes of life in the Kovno ghetto and in forced-labor camps. She buried most of her works in the hope that they would survive. The majority of her works were not recovered, however, and she would later recreate works such as this one.

  • US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Esther Lurie
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"Portrait of Masha Rolnik, Leibisch concentration camp, 1944" by Esther Lurie

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