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Helga Wolfenstein King

Brno, Czechoslovakia, 1922 – Palm Beach, Florida, 2003

Helga Wolfenstein King (1922-2003).  Portrait of Petr Kien, Terezin Ghetto, 1942-1944
Helga Wolfenstein King (1922-2003). Portrait of Petr Kien, Terezin Ghetto, 1942-1944

Pencil, ink and wash on paper
13.1X7.9 cm

Helga Wolfenstein, 1940
Helga Wolfenstein, 1940

From left to right: Helga Wolfenstein, her mother Hermine Wolfenstein and sister Renate, 1939
From left to right: Helga Wolfenstein, her mother Hermine Wolfenstein and sister Renate, 1939

New on Display. Helga Wolfenstein King: Life, Creativity and Love in Terezin
New on Display. Helga Wolfenstein King: Life, Creativity and Love in Terezin

New on Display. Helga Wolfenstein King: Life, Creativity and Love in Terezin
New on Display. Helga Wolfenstein King: Life, Creativity and Love in Terezin

Helga Wolfenstein King (1922-2003). Petr Kien Painting, Terezin Ghetto, 1943
Helga Wolfenstein King (1922-2003). Petr Kien Painting, Terezin Ghetto, 1943

Ink and wash on paper
11X13.7 cm.
"I just wanted to ask you to assist me in an outside job. I have to sketch the bakery and I need an assistant to help me with my art material…"
Helga Wolfenstein would often accompany Petr Kien when he ventured out into the streets of the ghetto to draw.  In her testimony, she relates how they would spend many hours together, during which time Petr would enrich her knowledge of drawing, art and poetry.
This artwork offers a rare glimpse into the act of creativity as it unfolds. 

Helga Wolfenstein King (1922 - 2003). Portrait of Hermine (Mina) Bondi-Wolfenstein, Terezin Ghetto, 1942-1945
Helga Wolfenstein King (1922 - 2003). Portrait of Hermine (Mina) Bondi-Wolfenstein, Terezin Ghetto, 1942-1945

Ink and pencil on paper
29.8X21.8 cm

Helga Wolfenstein King (1922 - 2003). The Potato Peelers, Terezin Ghetto, 1942
Helga Wolfenstein King (1922 - 2003). The Potato Peelers, Terezin Ghetto, 1942

Watercolor on paper
21.7X29.1 cm.

Helga Wolfenstein King (1922-2003). Surgery, Terezin Ghetto, 1942
Helga Wolfenstein King (1922-2003). Surgery, Terezin Ghetto, 1942

Watercolor and pencil on paper
21.7X19.2 cm.

Helga Wolfenstein King (1922 - 2003). Praying Jew, Terezin Ghetto, 1942-1945
Helga Wolfenstein King (1922 - 2003). Praying Jew, Terezin Ghetto, 1942-1945

Watercolor, pencil and crayon on paper
19.5X15 cm.

Helga Wolfenstein King (1922-2003). Quartet, Terezin Ghetto, c. 1944
Helga Wolfenstein King (1922-2003). Quartet, Terezin Ghetto, c. 1944

Watercolor, ink and pencil on paper
21.9X19.4 cm.
The concert depicted in this drawing was a rehearsal for the upcoming visit of Red Cross representatives on 23 June 1944.

Helga Wolfenstein King (1922-2003). The Theater: “George Dandin”, Terezin Ghetto, 1943
Helga Wolfenstein King (1922-2003). The Theater: “George Dandin”, Terezin Ghetto, 1943

Watercolor, ink and pencil on paper
19.4X15 cm.
One of the plays performed in the ghetto was the satirical comedy, "George Dandin ou le Mari Confondu" (George Dandin or The Thwarted Husband) by Molière, which was written in 1668 and exposed the hypocrisy of the aristocracy in Paris.

Helga Wolfenstein King (1922 - 2003). Beds, Terezin Ghetto, 1942
Helga Wolfenstein King (1922 - 2003). Beds, Terezin Ghetto, 1942

Watercolor and ink on paper
11X13.8 cm.

Helga Wolfenstein King (1922 - 2003). Interior of Sudeten Barracks, Terezin Ghetto, 1942
Helga Wolfenstein King (1922 - 2003). Interior of Sudeten Barracks, Terezin Ghetto, 1942

Pencil, ink and watercolor on paper
29.4X21.8 cm.

Helga Wolfenstein King (1922 – 2003). Hamburg Barracks, Terezin Ghetto, 1942
Helga Wolfenstein King (1922 – 2003). Hamburg Barracks, Terezin Ghetto, 1942

Watercolor and ink on paper
14X11.5 cm

Helga Wolfenstein King (1922 - 2003). View of Langestrasse Street, Terezin Ghetto, 1943
Helga Wolfenstein King (1922 - 2003). View of Langestrasse Street, Terezin Ghetto, 1943

Watercolor on paper
30X22.1 cm.