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Plate 10, Herbert Sandberg, Der Weg: two youth listening to a trio of Christian street singers

Object | Accession Number: 1988.12.10

Aquatint created by Herbert Sandberg of his younger self and his growing conviction that he must become an artist, despite his father's disapproval. It is one in the series, Der Weg [The Path], a limited edition of 70 intaglio prints created from 1958-1965 for Buchenwald Museum for the 20th anniversary of liberation. Sandberg was imprisoned for 11 years by the Nazi regime, 7 under brutal conditions in Buchenwald concentration camp. Der Weg is a comprehensive autobiographical cycle, made to remind people of the day to day life destroyed by the Nazi dictatorship, as well as the horrors and immorality of the camps. The main sections are: prints 1-25, pre-1933 life; 26-60, resistance and persecution, including reconstructions of drawings Sandberg made while incarcerated; and 61-70, survivors postwar and the making of a new Germany. Sandberg, 26, was arrested in Berlin in 1934 for distributing anti-Nazi literature. He was convicted of treason and jailed. In 1938, he was transferred to the recently opened Buchenwald, as prisoner 3491, marked as both a Jewish and a political prisoner. In 1944, ill and in the infirmary, Sandberg created his first artworks as a prisoner. Buchenwald was liberated on June 12, 1945, by US troops. Sandberg returned to Berlin and resumed his career.

Artwork Title
Series Title
Der Weg 70 Aquatinta-Radierungen
creation:  1962
creation: Berlin (Germany : East)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:29:32
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