Infirm child with middle aged woman in pedicab, Warsaw Ghetto
I drew this from a Warsaw Ghetto photo taken in September 19th, 1941 by Nazi soldier Heinz Jost, who entered the ghetto with a camera on his birthday as a special gift for himself. His Warsaw Ghetto photos were published in the book In the Ghetto of Warsaw (Steidl Verlag, Gottingen, Germany, 2001 in English & German editions).
Jost’s note for this photo stated: “Where was the rickshaw driver intending to bring this child sick with typhoid fever? Did a hospital for Jews even exist anymore? None of my German comrades could tell me that.”
Pedicabs were unknown in Warsaw prior to the sealing-in of the ghetto as a concentration-death camp. They were used to transport the infirm and elderly. Pedicabs in the ghetto were both man-powered, by pushing, and bicycle-style, akin to rickshaws used in India.In the photo a man, standing upright, pushes the pedicab with the child and a woman.
This was the first drawing where I drew the wings to the edge of “the picture plane,” i.e. to the edge of the drawing paper.
Art © A K Segan