Infirm child with middle aged woman in pedicab, Warsaw Ghetto

Infirm child with middle aged woman in pedicab, wings on the cab UTW 7: Infirm child with middle aged woman in pedicab, Warsaw Ghetto
Art: 1992
Media: Ink.
Framed, 29 in. H x 37 W

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.
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Art © A K Segan

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