In October, Attorney Elinor Kroitoru, Director of the Asset Location and Information Division in the Company for Location and Restitution of Holocaust Victims' Assets, transferred nine paintings by Malva Schalek to the GFH Archives' Art Collection. These works were on loan to the Museum of Modern Art in Eilat decades ago, and have now been returned to the GFH. The Eilat museum was established in 1960 by Miriam Novitch, the first curator of the GFH, and a tireless collector of artworks, films, photos, artifacts, testimonies and any item that can bear witness to the Holocaust.
The paintings were all drawn in the Terezin ghetto. Schalek, a native of Prague, studied art in Munich, settled in Vienna and earned a reputation as a portrait painter. Following the Anchluss, the annexation of Austria by Germany in March 1938, and the introduction of racial laws, Schalek moved to Leitmeritz (Litoměřice), Czechoslovakia, where her brother Robert was a local magistrate. In 1942 she was sent to the Terezin ghetto. The numerous pictures she painted there depict scenes from everyday life. On 18 May 1944 she was deported to Auschwitz, where she perished. Her nephews donated many of her works to the GFH Art Collection.
The article by Ofer Aderet in the Newspaper Haaretz (in Hebrew):