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WATERCOLOURS

A STORY FROM AUSCHWITZ

1 November 2017

Lidia Ostalowska

Translated by
Sean Gasper Bye

A Polish journalist chronicles the life of Dina Gottliebova-Babbitt, a Czech Jewish artist who painted scenes from the Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in the children’s barracks while imprisoned at Auschwitz. Joseph Mengele, an SS doctor, later commissioned watercolour portraits of Roma prisoners from Gottliebova in exchange for sparing her and her mother’s life. After the war, Gottliebova moved to the United States, worked as an animator for Disney and married the animator Art Babbitt—the creator of Goofy. In the 1990s, she began an unsuccessful campaign to recover her watercolours from Auschwitz.

Zubaan, 300 pages, Rs 495

 

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