Soshana Afroyim's drawings were informed from her late childhood; when she was eleven her family fled Austria due to Hitler’s invasion. They fled to Switzerland, Paris and then London where she had painting and drawing lessons. During this time there was bombing over London so every night Afroyim and her family sat in bomb shelters and this made her very stressed, and this was then expressed through a series of drawings.
In 1941 Afroyim arrived at Ellis Island with her mother after her father had arrived earlier in the year.
Afroyim's paintings contain meaning and draw on the emotions of the viewer. The use of contrasting bold and soft brush strokes, particularly when she paints faces and prison bars, help to depict the conflicting emotional turmoil within victims of such events.