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Etju (Esther) Schoenfeld

Etju (Esther) Schoenfeld. Untitled

Pencil on paper
49.3x34.8 cm
Bequest of the artist

Etju (Esther) Schoenfeld (Hungary, 1916 - Belgium, 1990)

Born in Budapest to the Klush family and raised in Czechoslovakia. In 1938, with the German occupation she escaped to Belgium and worked to help the family who remained in Czechoslovakia. Following the German occupation she was forced to wander between Antwerp, Brussels and Limburg. In Limburg she was arrested and deported to Mechelen. In 1943, she was deported to Auschwitz; received prisoner number 62945. She worked as a translator for Josef Mengele and his wife. In 1944, she was deported to Bergen-Belsen, where she was liberated by the British Army. In 1945, she returned to Belgium. In 1970, she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels, where she died.