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Mixed media wall sculpture by Daisy Brand depicting graveled train tracks entering a concentration camp

Object | Accession Number: 2009.400.2

Ceramic wall sculpture showing train tracks entering a concentration camp created by Daisy Brand to evoke her ordeal of being imprisoned in multiple concentration camps from 1944-1945. Daisy's art became infused with her Holocaust experience in the 1980s. Her references are suggestive and deliberately ambiguous and she keeps the exact meaning of the symbolism in her work private, thus more evocative and universal. Daisy and her family lived in Chust, Hungary, when it was occupied by the Germans in March 1944. By May, Daisy and her family were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Her father went directly to the gas chamber. Daisy, age 15, her sister, Mary, age 19, and her mother, Aranka, age 39, were selected as forced labor for Kaiserwald. In July 1944, that camp was evacuated as Soviet and American forces approached. Aranka disappeared during the death march. Daisy and Mary then were transferred to multiple concentration camps: Dondagen II, Libau, Stutthof, and Buchenwald. On April 17, Buchenwald was evacuated and the inmates began a forced march to Dachau. They were freed by American forces near Wurzen, Germany, on April 24, 1945. In mid-May, Daisy and Mary were repatriated to their native city, Bratislava, in Czechoslovakia. With the help of the Red Cross, they found an aunt and uncle who took in the girls. This couple, and one other aunt, were their only relatives to survive the Holocaust.

Artwork Title
Graveled Road and Tracks
creation:  2000
depiction:  1944 May-1945 April
creation: Boston (Mass.)
depiction: concentration camp;
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Daisy Brand
Record last modified: 2021-03-08 16:25:45
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