By Rebecca Erbelding
At first glance, these colorful drawings may seem unremarkable.
But to me, they are symbols of strength, resilience, and the hopefulness of youth, because they were created by child survivors soon after the Holocaust ended.
The children were under the care of Alice Goldberger, herself an escapee from Nazi persecution. She helped create a home for them in England after the war and worked to give them back some semblance of a normal childhood.
As a Museum archivist, I know firsthand the power of stories like that of Alice and these young survivors in keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive and teaching its lessons to new generations.
Evidence like these drawings forms the core of the Museum's efforts to combat Holocaust denial and distortion, enabling us to make this history relevant through personal, everyday objects that remind us that these events took place in a world not so unlike our own. As the Holocaust recedes in time, our work to ensure that memory will forever shape the future has never been more urgent.
Your gift to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will sustain these efforts for years to come. Donate now to share this artwork with someone you love.
Rebecca Erbelding is a Museum archivist.
Artwork: US Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Judith Sherman