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Print of a Bedrich Fritta street scene

Object | Accession Number: 2000.587.14

Postwar print of a street scene drawn by Bedrich Fritta while a prisoner in Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp. Fritta, a Czech Jewish cartoonist and graphic designer, was deported to the camp from Prague on November 24, 1941. He was assigned to head the Graphic Department. Fritta was part of a tight knit group of artists determined to secretly document the wretched conditions of daily life in the camp. In summer 1944, they were accused by the Gestapo of smuggling their 'gruesome', atrocity propaganda, that is realistic, work out of the camp. Fritta, his wife Hansi, and son Tomas, 3, were sent to prison. Fritta was tortured. His wife died of starvation or typhus. On October 26, Fritta, with artist Leo Haas, was deported to Auschwitz, where he died, age 37, on November 9, 1944. His son Tomas survived and was adopted by Leo Haas. Nearly 200 of Fritta's drawings were hidden and preserved by other inmates.

Date
1950-1960  (issue)
Language
German
Classification
Art
Category
Prints
Object Type
Cityscapes (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Charlotte Schiff
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:24:03
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