In June 1943, thirteen-year-old Thomas Geve and his mother were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Separated upon arrival, he was left to fend for himself in the men’s camp of Auschwitz I. During 22 harsh months in Auschwitz, Gross-Rosen, and Buchenwald, Thomas experienced the worst of Nazi cruelty—but he never gave up the will to live.
Immediately after liberation, Thomas created more than 80 drawings documenting life around him. Rendered in simple yet poignant detail, the drawings reflect day-to-day life in the camps at the same time as they reveal the shared humanity between Thomas and other prisoners.
Join the Museum for a program about Thomas, now 92 years old. His daughter Yifat Cohn-Meir will discuss Thomas’s story and drawings, and journalist Charlie Inglefield, will discuss the process of writing the book The Boy Who Drew Auschwitz: A Powerful True Story of Hope and Survival. The program will also feature recordings of Thomas telling his story in his own words.
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Live closed captions will be available during this program.
Public programming at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference); the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy C. Hochul and the New York State Legislature; Battery Park City Authority; The Goldie and David Blanksteen Foundation; Marcia Horowitz Educational Fund for Cross-Cultural Awareness; and other generous donors.