Polish artist Stefan Mrozewki created this print, entitled “Growing vegetables in the cemetery”, in 1956. The woodcut print is part of a 16-work series about the Warsaw ghetto. In this one, a man sits on gravestones and plays an accordion, while three other men garden. Three of the four men wear an armband with the Star of David, identifying them as Jews.
Woodcut Print by Stefan Mrozewski
Stefan Mrozweski, Artist and Member of the Resistance
Stefan Mrozweski was born in 1894 in Czéstochowa, Poland, and studied at the Warsaw School of Fine Arts. During World War II, he joined the Armia Krajowa, the ”Interior army” of the Polish resistance. After the war, he pursued his artistic career and became best known for his work in woodcut printmaking. Stefan made this series about the Warsaw ghetto in 1956 based on survivors’ testimonies.
Michal Hornstein, a Holocaust Survivor and Polish-Canadian philanthropist donated this series to the Montreal Holocaust Museum in 2000.
This project is part of the implementation of the Plan culturel numérique du Québec.