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Portfolio of 24 prints of life and death in German concentration camps

Publication | Accession Number: 2011.103.1

Signed portfolio of rotogravure prints, number 0004 of 1000, of 24 drawings by George (Jerzy) Zielezinski depicting scenes he witnessed of daily life and death as a prisoner in German concentration camps from 1943-1945. The set includes a portfolio cover, a folded introductory insert discussing the prints signed by Zielezinski, and 24 individual reproductions. These sets were sold in the US for $10 by the American Friends Service Committee to raise funds for Zielezinski, then working as a dish washer in New York City. Zielezinski, a Polish Catholic, was arrested in Warsaw by the Germans for political activity in March 1943. He was sent to Auschwitz concentration camp and assigned prisoner number 119517. In January 1944, he was transported to Flossenburg. In mid-April 1945, as Allied troops approached, the SS began evacuations, sending the prisoners to Dachau concentration camp via trains and death marches. The camp was liberated April 23. Jerzy went to Schwandorf displaced persons camp, and later relocated to Munich DP camp. While incarcerated, he created drawings in secret on scraps of paper. After the war, he used the sketches as the basis for finished drawings of prisoner life and camp atrocities.

Series Title
24 drawings from the concentration camps in Germany, George Zielezinski, 2nd ed.
Date
1946  (publication)
Geography
publication : Munich (Germany)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Audrey Schoenwald
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Record last modified: 2017-10-05 14:06:53
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