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Autobiographical watercolor of the exterior of a concentration camp corpse chamber

Object | Accession Number: 2011.411.1

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Watercolor created by Zdenka Eismannova while she was interned in Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. The painting depicts the exterior of the leichenkammer or corpse chamber which is indicated in a poem on the front of the watercolor. Zdenka was deported from Prague to Theresienstadt in September 1942. From there she was deported on June 9, 1943, to Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland where she is presumed to have perished.
    Date
    creation:  approximately 1943
    depiction:  1942 September-1943 June
    Geography
    depiction: Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ron Neulinger
    Signature
    bottom right
    Contributor
    Artist: Zdenka Eismannova
    Biography
    Zdenka Eismannova was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic), in 1897. She was deported to Theresienstadt concentration camp in September 1942. Nine months later, on September 6, 1943, she was transferred to Auschwitz, where she is presumed to have perished.

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Classification
    Art
    Category
    Paintings
    Physical Description
    Watercolor on paper; landscape view; image shows two men carrying a stretcher in left foreground with buildings in background; laundry lines in front of buildings; three people sit at a table in the far left, and a group of people are gathered around a tree in the right background; at right foreground, a square contains a poem titled "LEICHENKAMMER /Q 707 L421" and "Terezin 1943 / Z. EISMANNOVA" to right of square; paper has holes along left edge and is affixed to torn black construction paper. It was previouslty housed in a carved wooden album depicting a view of Prague on the front and designs on the reverse.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 8.125 inches (20.638 cm) | Width: 11.625 inches (29.528 cm)

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The watercolor painting was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2011 by Ron Neulinger.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2023-09-05 15:19:28
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