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Pencil sketch of a seated man created by Boris Taslitzky in Buchenwald concentration camp

Object | Accession Number: 2009.344.1

Drawing created by Boris Taslitzky in 1945 while he was a prisoner in Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany. It depicts a man in an overcoat, sitting on a bench. It was personally inscribed to a close friend in Paris after the war. Taslitzky joined the French military in August 1939 and served with the 101st Infantry Battalion. He was captured by the Germans in June 1940, but escaped and worked for the Resistance until recaptured in November 1941. He was sentenced to prison by a military tribunal for creating Communist propaganda. In 1944, he was deported to Buchenwald. Taslitzky recorded scenes of camp life and several people helped supply him with paper, pencils, and watercolors. Buchenwald was liberated in April 1945. Taslitzky returned to Paris with about 100 drawings and four watercolors which were published in 1946. Throughout his postwar career, he continued to make paintings about the camps and his wartime experiences.

Artwork Title
En attendant de passer la visite
Alternate Title
Waiting to pass the visit
creation:  1945 January-1945 April
creation: Buchenwald (Concentration camp); Weimar (Thuringia, Germany)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of John Copenhaver and Joel Fletcher
Record last modified: 2019-12-05 20:59:35
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