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Itzhak Belfer

Itzhak Belfer. The Mass Grave, 1963

The Mass Grave, 1963
Printing ink on paper
60x64 cm.
Gift of the artist

Itzhak Belfer

Itzhak Belfer (Poland, 1923)

Born in Warsaw. From 1930 – 1938 he attended the school at Janusz Korczak’s orphanage. In September 1939, following the German occupation, he was separated from his mother, and with a friend escaped to the Soviet Union. He reached a region of Byelorussia that had been annexed to the Soviet Union in September 1939. He was sent to forced labor in coalmines in the Urals. In 1941, he moved to Tashkent and enlisted in the Red Army. In 1946, he returned to Poland. He embarked on the illegal immigration ship Af Al Pi Chen, which was intercepted by the British, and he was interned in a detentioncamp in Cyprus. In Cyprus he studied drawing and sculpture with Ze’ev Ben Zvi. In 1949, he immigrated to Israel. He studied at the Avni Institute for Art and Design and taught painting. His works have been displayed in numerous exhibitions in Israel and internationally.