Source imagery, Under the Wings series artworks 20 to 29
UTW 20: Rubinsztajn
I first learned of a photo of Rubinsztjan while visiting the YIVO Research Institute & Library, Manhattan, NY, perusing their paper card catalog, 1993. The librarian had the original photo, in plastic sleeve, brought from their vault. I ordered a print that they made from the original photo.
The baby cockatiels and the parent cockatiel (bottom) were drawn from cockatiels I was taking care of for a Seattle resident and acquaintance, Rivka Weed.
A Warsaw ghetto photo scene of a building with a signage proclaiming AŁE GLACH! can be seen in the Yad Vashem photo archives, photo FA 109/21
UTW 21: Lebensraum
The two children: — ?? Still looking, note – Dec 4, 2018.
The Polish word POSTOJ (no. 81) is in photo plate 28, by the late Jewish photographer Roman Vishniac, in A Vanished World (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, NY ’86). During the 1930’s Vishniac traveled through eastern and central Europe, including Germany, where he photographed Jewish life in the countryside and city alike, at great risk. A photographer could easily be considered a spy, and Vishniac took many photographs with a hidden camera. Postoj means station. In this context it referred to the artel of Jewish porters.
I forget which photo I used for the Lody – Eskimo (ice cream) shop signage. There are several. In the website of the USHMM, Washington, D.C., there is an unattributed photo, captioned ‘Jews walk along the street in the Warsaw ghetto in front of an ice cream shop.’
UTW 22: Chana Bronstein manicure shop sign
A Joe Heydecker photo. I don’t recall where I first saw the photo I drew the signage from. An internet search, Sept. 2018, led me to the photo archives at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, with a photo titled with the following including a different spelling for the surname Bronstein. It is captioned ‘Warsaw, Poland, A store sign: “Manicure-Chana Branstein”.’ The photo attribution: ‘Joe J. Heydecker, a German soldier, in the Warsaw Ghetto in Early 1941.’
See notes for UTW 1 re Heydecker.
UTW 23: Man with tallis
Vashaver Geta en Bund – The Warsaw Ghetto in Pictures (YIVO). Plate 152, in section Portraits. The photo is also in The Warsaw ghetto in photographs, 1941, ed. by Ulrich Keller (Dover), p. 96, plate 152.
UTW 24: Child with quilt
Drawn from a photo in the chapter Dzieci (Children), in The 45th Anniversary of the W.G. Uprising book (Interpress).
UTW 25: Smiling man with single wing
Note, Nov. 2018: Am looking for info as to where I first saw the photo.
UTW 26: Giettel Laski
Drawn from a photo provided by late Holocaust survivor Mrs. Chana Lorber of Warsaw and Seattle. Mrs Lorber survived the Warsaw ghetto, and slave labor at the Majdanek and Auschwitz death camps and at a munitions factory concentration-death camp in Malchow, Germany.
UTW 27: Mordecai Anielewicz
From a photo published in books and seen on the internet. In autumn 2018 I saw a photo of Anielewicz, seen with 3 others with him, that I hadn’t seen before. It is undated in this website: Holocaust Research Project. The Illinois Holocaust Museum website has the same photo cropped and only showing Anielewicz, dated 1938.
UTW 28: Ceshia Mendrelawska
Drawn from a family photo provided by her great-niece, Anita Graham of Seattle.
UTW 29: Girl in Rags
Drawn from a photo in the chapter Dzieci (Children) in The 45th Anniversary of the WG Uprising (Interpress). The photo is also published in Vashaver geta en Bund – The Warsaw Ghetto in Pictures (YIVO, NY, 1970), plate 258, in the section Hungry and Homeless children in the ghetto.
The wing (on viewers right) was drawn from a photo of a wing in the book The Wonder of Birds, National Geographic Society, 1983. Page 31, photo by J. H. Robinson, of a Roseate spoonbill in a Florida pond. I turned the photo upside down when I drew the wing.