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Leo Haas aquatint of frail people searching in the dirt

Object | Accession Number: 2003.202.8

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 the desperate search for food by emaciated inmates of 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
Digging for Food, Theresienstadt 1942
depiction:  1942
issue:  1966
depiction: Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
issue: Berlin (Germany : East)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2023-06-02 09:36:24
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