Drawing of trees, vegetation and buildings at Dachau concentration camp made by a recently liberated inmate
- Artwork Title
- US Hospital Buildings at Dachau post-liberation
1945 May 06
received: 1945 July
Dachau (Concentration camp);
- Object Type
Pencil drawing (lcsh)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Irene Halmi
Drawing of Dachau concentration camp created by Fred Rudkowski, a former prisoner. It depicts several tall pine trees, a street, and buildings. The three story building had formerly housed the German SS unit and now was used to house hospital personnel; the one story building became a patient unit. When he left the camp n July 1945, Rudkowski entrusted the drawing to one of his nurses, Irene Halmi, in the US Army hospital where he had recovered from the inhumane conditions he endured as an inmate. Halmi thought the drawing significant because of what it did not show – the barbed wire behind the tall pine trees which hid the prison status of the camp. Dachau was liberated by US troops on April 29, 1945. Lieutenant Halmi was a nurse in the 127th Evacuation Hospital which arrived in Dachau on May 2, 1945, soon after its liberation on April 29 by American troops.
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Also in Irene Halmi collection
The collection consists of documents and a photograph relating to the experiences of Irene Halmi as a nurse in the United States Army hospital in Dachau concentration camp following its liberation and artifacts relating to the experiences of Fred Rudkowski, an inmate in Dachau before and after liberation.
Drawing of the lookout tower and barracks of Dachau concentration camp made by a recently liberated inmate
Drawing commemorating the liberation of Dachau concentration camp created by Fred Rudkowski, a former prisoner. It depicts a lookout tower and barracks at the camp. Rudkowski entrusted the drawing on his departure from the camp in July 1945 to one of his nurses, Irene Halmi, in the US Army hospital where he had recovered from the inhumane conditions he had endured as an inmate. Lieutenant Halmi was a nurse in the 127th Evacuation Hospital which arrived in Dachau on May 2, 1945, soon after its liberation on April 29 by American troops.
Photograph of Irene Halmi [donor] in front of the former SS barracks in the Dachau concentration camp, where American medical personnel were housed upon arrival and a photocopy of the Dachau concentration camp visitor pass; issued to the donor in May 1945.