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Portrait by Josef Nassy of a Red Cross doctor in a physician's smock done when both were prisoners

Object | Accession Number: 2006.491.2

Portrait painted by Josef Nassy as a gift for Dr. Francis W. Roscoe when both men were prisoners of war in Laufen internment camp in Germany. Nassy painted two portraits of Dr. Roscoe, this one in his doctor's smock, and 2006.491.1 in civilian clothes, in appreciation for his efforts in improving health conditions in the camps. Dr. Roscoe was a senior medical officer and inspector for the International Red Cross for Allied prison camps in Germany. In 1943, he condemned conditions at a Jewish concentration camp, Tittmoning, and was arrested on the scene by Heinrich Himmler and sent to Laufen. The Red Cross attempted to gain his release, but Roscoe remained imprisoned at Laufen for two and a half years, until the end of the war. Nassy, an expatriate black artist, was arrested in German occupied Belgium in 1942 for holding an American passport in 1942 and sent to Laufen internment camp. While imprisoned, Nassy was supplied with art materials by the International Red Cross and he created more than 200 paintings and drawings. The United States Army liberated Laufen on May 5, 1945.

Artwork Title
Portrait of Francis W. Roscoe
creation:  1944
creation: Ilag VII (Concentration camp); Laufen (Germany)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Morris and Nancy Baker
Record last modified: 2022-08-15 15:29:59
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