Source imagery, Under the Wings series artworks 30 to 42
UTW 30: Rachel Cyrkin
I drew this from a photo provided by French Hidden Child survivor and American immigrant Gisele Feldman. Ms. Feldman is the author of Saved by the Spirit of Lafayette, pub. by Nelson Pub. and Marketing, 2008. A 57 min video (no cc’s) of a talk by Ms Feldman, Ann Arbor District Library, Michigan
UTW 31: Bar Mitzvah age boy
A Warsaw ghetto photo taken by Joe Heydecker. I don’t recall where I first saw the source photo for this drawing. An internet search, Sept. 2018, brings up the following surprising caption (surprising to me – as I had always assumed this was a child, probably adolescent age) in the Yad Vashem photo archives, Jerusalem: ‘Warsaw, Poland, A young woman and a girl begging in the street.’ The attribution states ‘Warsaw, Poland, Photos taken by Joe J. Heydecker, a German soldier, in the Warsaw Ghetto in Early 1941.’ [Also see notes for UTW 1]
The wing on viewers right was based on a photo, p. 168 (left page, upper left) in the book ‘The Sea Has Wings’ pub. by Dutton, 1973. The bird is an arctic tern; photo by Russell T. Line.
The wing on viewers left was loosely based on a photo, p. 100, in ‘Feathers and Flight’ Clarence J. Hylander, author, pub. by MacMillan, NY, 1959. Photo of an Osprey, aka Sea Hawk, by R.T. Peterson, from National Audubon.
UTW 32: Laja Lederman & daughters Zosia & Hanah
Photo provided by the Lederman’s granddaughter, U.S.
The writing at bottom center is from the front plate page of a Jewish religious book, published in Vienna in 1820, that I bought in an antique store in Budapest, Hungary, 1985.
UTW 33: Everyone’s zayde
A photo of Wiesel’s maternal grandfather was published in the first volume of Elie Wiesel’s memoir, ‘All Rivers Run to the Sea,’ pub. by Alfred Knopf, NY (ISBN 978-0-679-43916-5), and used with permission of Elie Wiesel.
UTW 34: Man playing violin
Jost photo, book plate 25. From Jost’s photo note: “This man was playing the same notes on his violin over and over again. His eyes followed me; I’m not sure if it was out of fear or because he was hoping for a coin. I believe this was also in Nowolipki Street.”
The photo is on p. 123, The Pictorial History of the Holocaust (pub. by Yad Vashem, 2000
UTW 35: Claustrophobia in the Warsaw ghetto
Center: The Judenrat issued labor card, center, of a ghetto prisoner named Frydrych Zelman. Drawn from a photocopy provided by the YIVO Research Institute and Library, N.Y.
A quote about Zalman: “It was Zalman Frydrych, a Bundist “courier” (the term for those who smuggled themselves in and out of the ghetto on various dangerous missions) who, with assistance from a non-Jewish Polish socialist railway worker, made a gruesome discovery: that deportation trains leaving the ghetto were not transporting Jews in their thousands for “work in the east” but sending them instead to a death camp at Treblinka.” (quote from the April 2017 published article, “Warsaw Jews fight and die for freedom,” in the website Jews for Justice for Palestinians.
Most of the other images in the surrounding areas of the drawing were inspired by photos in The 45th Anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising (Interpress) including
The drawing imagery of a girl holding another girl, to the upper right of the ID card at center, from a photo in the chapter Zycie w getcie (Life in the ghetto).
The barricades, center left in the drawing; the photo is in the chapter Tworzenie dzielnicy zamknię (Formation of the closed area).
The second image from right, bottom, depicting 2 boys, was drawn from a photo in the chapter Dzieci (Children)
The child’s head portrayed upside down, to the immediate upper left of the Identity card (center), was drawn from a photo in the chapter Dzieci (children). The other child in that source photo was drawn in UTW 14 (Child with soup-plate)
The girl (upper right hand corner of the drawing): Drawn from a photo in the chapter Dzieci (Children) in The 45th Anniversary of the WG Uprising (Interpress)
The large figure at the immediate lower left of the Judenrat identity card was drawn from the first plate in the chapter Śmierć w getcie (Death in the ghetto), The 45th Anniversary of the W.G. Uprising (Interpress)
UTW 36: Young man w/ Star
a) Sept. 2018 notes: I don’t recall where I first saw the photo I used for my drawing. The photo, in the online archives, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, is captioned: ‘Warsaw, Poland, A man in rags in the ghetto.’ Attribution states ‘Photos taken by Joe J. Heydecker, a German soldier, in the Warsaw Ghetto in Early 1941.’ The photo url is: https://photos.yadvashem.org/photo-details.html?language=en&item_id=21238&ind=19
The photo is also in the Joe J. Heydecker book, Un Soldier in the Warsaw ghetto, 1941 , see notes for UTW 1
Drawing imagery in the figure There are images inspired by black & white photos in the Wooden Synagogues book (edited by Maria Piechotka, Kazimierz Piechotka, pub. by Politechnika Warszawska. Zakład Architektury Polskiej. Arkady, Warsaw, 1959)
There is drawing imagery in the figure also inspired by photos in Monika Krajewska’s Time of Stones (Interpress, Warsaw, 1991)
The orthotic shape, with Hebrew writing, lower center, was inspired by a b&w photo in the book The Last Jews of Eastern Europe, text by Yale Strom, photos by Brian Blue (pub. by Rowman & Littlefield, 1990)
UTW 37: Lejzor Lederman and youngest son
Photo provided by the Lederman’s granddaughter, U.S.
UTW 38: Goldberg, Benguigui
Black and white photos of Goldberg, his drawing of a cowboy on a horse, and Benguigui’s doodle are published in The Children of Izieu – A Human Tragedy, by Serge Klarsfeld (Abrams, NY, 1984)
UTW 39, 40, 41: boy, girl, older man with gray beard
Page 74 photo: In the Warsaw ghetto – Summer 1941, photographs by Willy Georg (Aperture, 1993).
UTW 42 Shoah Dreams (forthcoming)