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Etching by Karl Schwesig showing inmates bartering bread and cigarettes in a concentration camp

Object | Accession Number: 1988.5.16

Etching created by Karl Schwesig between 1948 and 1949 in Dusseldorf. The drawing depicts an inmate trading cigarettes for bread with a civilian and is based on Schwesig’s experiences in internment camps in Vichy France. After Hitler came to power in January 1933, Schwesig, a Communist, was arrested and imprisoned for 16 months. After his release in 1935, he lived in Antwerp, Belgium. On May 10, 1940, Germany invaded Belgium. Schwesig was arrested and sent to Vichy France, where he was held in St. Cyprien, Gurs, Noe, and Nexon internment camps. In 1943, he was sent to Ulmer Hoeh prison in Dusseldorf, where he was liberated by American forces in April 1945.

Artwork Title
Tabak gegen Brot
Date
1948  (creation)
Geography
creation : Dusseldorf (Germany)
Language
German
Classification
Art
Category
Prints
Object Type
Etching (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-03-19 11:22:12
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