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Leo Haas aquatint of frail sickly people on a ghetto street corner

Object | Accession Number: 2003.202.5

Aquatint created by Leo Haas in 1966 based upon sketches made in 1942 based on scenes he witnessed while an inmate of Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp. It depicts a street scene with dilapidated shops and starving, ghoulish people, based on his experiences in Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp. Haas was an inmate of Terezin from September 1942-October 1944. Haas, 38, a Czech Jew and a professional artist, was arrested in 1939 in Ostrava in German occupied Czechoslovakia for begin a member of the Communist Party. He was deported to Nisko labor camp in Poland, then shipped back to Ostrava to do forced labor. In September 1942, he was sent to Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp, where he became part of a tight knit group of artists determined to secretly document the conditions of daily life in the camp. In summer of 1944, they were accused by the Gestapo of smuggling their gruesome work out of the camp. Haas was arrested and tortured. In October, he was deported to Auschwitz, and a month later, to Sachsenhausen. In February 1945, he was transported to Mauthausen and then Ebensee. He was liberated there on May 4-5 by American troops.

Artwork Title
Ghetto Street Corner, Theresienstadt 1942
Date
1942  (depiction)
1966  (issue)
Geography
depiction : Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
issue : Berlin (Germany : East)
Classification
Art
Category
Prints
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-01-23 14:45:31
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