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Cover for a set of etchings by Walter Spitzer inscribed by the artist

Object | Accession Number: 1991.138.10

Cover to a set of etchings created by Walter Spitzer in 1955 based upon his experiences as an inmate in multiple concentration camps during the Holocaust. Following the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, Walter fled with his family from Cieszyn (Województwo Śląskie). In 1940, his brother, Harry, was taken away by German soldiers and his father died after surgery. In June 1943, he and his mother, Gretta, were deported to Blechhammer labor camp where they were separated. Walter was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau and tattooed with the number 78489. The 17 year-old Spitzer began documenting camp life in Buchenwald where he promised a fellow inmate to tell with his pencils all that he saw in the camps. Walter's family did not survive the war and he settled in France. He became a professional artist, creating an eloquent artistic record of the Shoah.

Date
1955  (creation)
1943 June-1945 April  (depiction)
Geography
depiction : Buchenwald (Concentration camp); Weimar (Thuringia, Germany)
creation : Paris (France)
Language
French
Classification
Containers
Category
Cases
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ani Mander
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:05:14
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