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2 sided drawing of a seated inmate in an overcoat given to a political prisoner

Object | Accession Number: 2011.174.5

Double sided portrait of a prisoner given to 29 year old Ivan (Johann) Bole in Buchenwald concentration camp, where Ivan was held as a Yugoslavian political prisoner from November 1944 to April 1945. On the front is a man in an overcoat sitting on a bunk bed, the back has a sketch of his head. The artist was probably another inmate and it is signed N. Pinat, but nothing is known about him. Ivan, a Catholic, was a lawyer in Laibach, Yugoslavia (Ljubljana, Slovenia) when the Axis powers, led by Nazi Germany, invaded in April 1941. Laibach was annexed by Italy. Ivan went to Venice with the Slovenian Red Cross. In September 1944, he was arrested by the German SS for smuggling a radio transmitter into Trieste. In November, Ivan was sent to Buchenwald in Germany and assigned prisoner number 67186.nHe was assigned to work commando A6 in Wanz-leben am See. The camp was liberated on April 11, 1945, by US troops. Germany surrendered on May 7. Ivan lived as a displaced person in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and emigrated to America in 1950.

Artwork Title
Inmate in his overcoat seated in a barrack, Buchenwald 1942
creation:  1942
received:  after 1944 September-before 1945 April
creation: Buchenwald (Concentration camp); Weimar (Thuringia, Germany)
received: Buchenwald (Concentration camp); Weimar (Thuringia, Germany)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lorraine DeMaio
Record last modified: 2020-09-15 08:45:25
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