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Black and white print of five rows of multi-unit barracks on grass

Object | Accession Number: 2003.467.9

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Black and white print depicting concentration camp barracks created by an unknown artist with the initials FK in late 1944. Many prisoners and liberating soldiers took it upon themselves to record their experiences, preserve their memories and show the world what happened. Creations range from the deeply personal responses of survivors to the more documentary approach of official war artist pieces. Some made drawings of the prisoners and life in the camps, while others created art during and after liberation. Children as well as adults documented events of the Holocaust through art. In some circumstances, imprisoned artists were able to create sketches and paintings for guards, earning extra food or other benefits as a reward, which helped some to survive life in the camps. A number of the survivors turned to art as an outlet for their trauma.
    Date
    depiction:  1944 August 12-1944 December 08
    Geography
    depiction: Europe
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    Signature
    front, bottom right image, printed, black ink : FK 8.12.44 [FK December 8, 1944]
    Contributor
    Artist: FK

    Physical Details

    Classification
    Art
    Category
    Prints
    Object Type
    Prints (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Small black and white print centered on a large, faded, off white, rectangular paper, depicting five rows of single story, multi-unit rectangular buildings with hipped roofs and cross hatched shading. Each row features two buildings that are divided into six units. All the barracks have three connected windows with the center window propped open. The nearest barrack is numbered 239 and has a door on the left side with a small bucket hanging off the window beside it. On the far left there is a larger building with vertical siding and a tall brick chimney. In the distance on the right is a row of leafy trees. The rectangular paper is off white and slightly faded. The artist’s initials and date are on the bottom right of the image.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 7.250 inches (18.415 cm) | Width: 10.500 inches (26.67 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The print was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2003.
    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:
    2023-09-15 10:16:43
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