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Eli Leskley's Ghetto Diary

Born in 1911, Leskley painted 70 satiric watercolors while he was interned inTheresienstadt. The works are reflective of daily life in the ghetto. Fearing for his and his wife's life he cut up many of the orignals into small fragments, which his wife smartly hid. They were retrieved after the war and Leskley recreated each one.  All of the following images relate to life in Theresienstadt. They reflect tthe irony and the complexities that was life in Theresenstadt.

For further information about Leskley and his paintings visit the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

Ghetto Diary Art Gallery

Home in Ghetto of Zionists
Beit Halutz - Home in Ghetto of Zionists
Home in Ghetto of Zionists
Beit Halutz - Home in Ghetto of Zionists (original)
Too Many Inmates, Not Enough Water
Too Many Inmates, Not Enough Water
3 Kings of the Ghetto - Cooks & Bakers
3 Kings of the Ghetto - Cooks & Bakers
3 Kings of the Ghetto - Cooks & Bakers
3 Kings of the Ghetto - Cooks & Bakers
Honeymoon Cottage
Honeymoon Cottage
Freizeitgestaltung 1943
Freizeitgestaltung 1943
Women's Barracks
Women's Barracks
Women's Barracks (original)
Women's Barracks (original)
Hambo, The Danish Singer
Hambo, The Danish Singer
Hambo, the singer from Denmark who sang a song with the refrain, "I am dying, I am dying."
Hambo, the singer from Denmark who sang a song with the refrain, "I am dying, I am dying."
Dutch Jews Arrive From Westerbork
Dutch Jews Arrive From Westerbork
Stealing from the Poor
Stealing from the Poor
Stealing & Schleussing 1943
Stealing & Schleussing 1943
Stealing & Schleussing (original) 8"x12"
Stealing & Schleussing (original) 8"x12"
Do Not Build in The Diaspora!
Do Not Build in The Diaspora!
Do Not Build in The Diaspora! (original)
Do Not Build in The Diaspora! (original)
Permit Stamp
Permit Stamp
Head Count
Head Count
Head Count (fragment of original)
Head Count (fragment of original)
Lights Out
Lights Out
Death Rate 150 Daily
Death Rate 150 Daily
Death Rate 150 Daily (fragment)
Death Rate 150 Daily (fragment)
Everyone's Dream 1943
Everyone's Dream 1943
Senior Inmates
Senior Inmates
Senior Inmates (original)
Senior Inmates (original)
Insulting New Arrivals
Insulting New Arrivals
A Dream, A Home for Tired Chalutzim
A Dream, A Home for Tired Chalutzim
A Dream, A Home for Tired Chalutzim (original)
A Dream, A Home for Tired Chalutzim (original)
Jewish Anti-semitism in the Ghetto. 1943
Jewish Anti-semitism in the Ghetto. 1943
On the Lookout for Cigarette Butts
On the Lookout for Cigarette Butts
On the Lookout for Cigarette Butts (fragment)
On the Lookout for Cigarette Butts (fragment)
Birthday Cake Recipe
Birthday Cake Recipe
A Ghetto Disease
A Ghetto Disease
A Ghetto Disease (original)
A Ghetto Disease (original)
Prisoner's Disease (Hunger)
Prisoner's Disease (Hunger)
The Ghetto Girl
The Ghetto Girl
The Ghetto Girl (original)
The Ghetto Girl (original)
Eine Wollweste 1943
Eine Wollweste 1943
Encounter of Carriages
Encounter of Carriages
Encounter of Carriages (original)
Encounter of Carriages (original)
Impatigo in the Ghetto
Impatigo in the Ghetto
Trading Soup for Bread (original)
Trading Soup for Bread (original)
Trading Soup for Bread
Trading Soup for Bread
Good Morning Herr Doktor!
Good Morning Herr Doktor!
Doctors are Hungry Too
Doctors are Hungry Too
Doctors are Hungry Too (original)
Doctors are Hungry Too (original)
Clean Up Detail
Clean Up Detail
Farewell Until the Common Grave
Farewell Until the Common Grave
Beautified & Phony: Red Cross Inspection
Beautified & Phony: Red Cross Inspection
Beautified & Phony: Red Cross Inspection (fragment)
Beautified & Phony: Red Cross Inspection (fragment)
Unsatisfactory Work
Unsatisfactory Work
A Child's Dream
A Child's Dream
Six Companions
Six Companions
New Year's Eve 1942
New Year's Eve 1942
Polenschutz - Rank is no Privilege
Polenschutz - Rank is no Privilege
In Search of Privacy, the Kumbar
In Search of Privacy, the Kumbar
Competitors for Potatoes
Competitors for Potatoes
Clandestine Chefs
Clandestine Chefs
Return After Disinfection
Return After Disinfection

Site created with permission of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust which owns the  works and has them available for travel.