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Drypoint etching by Lea Grundig of a bound naked prisoner on his knees

Object | Accession Number: 1987.92.3

Intaglio print, Knieender Gefangener, created by Lea Grundig in 1935 in Nazi Germany. From the series, Der Jüde ist Shüld, it depicts a nude male prisoner on his knees. Grundig's husband Hans said the image represents a Jewish man who owned a small cigar store on Strehlener Street. Signs with the word "Jew" were placed on his store, and no one would shop there, even those who did not support the anti-Jewish boycott, because they were scared. A World War I hero, the man was taken away, presumably by the Nazis, and killed. Lea Grundig and her husband, Hans, were dedicated Communists who created anti-Fascist works documenting and protesting conditions under Nazi rule in Dresden. Such works were prohibited under Hitler and the Nazi regime. Lea, 30, was arrested for her resistance art in 1936, but released. She continued working as an artist and was arrested in 1938 for high treason and sentenced to two years in the Dresden Gestapo prison. In December 1939, Lea was released and left for Palestine. Hans, 35, had also been arrested in 1936 and 1938, and in 1940, he was imprisoned in Sachenhausen concentration camp. He was released in 1944 and went to the Soviet Union. The couple reunited in 1949 when Lea returned to Dresden.

Artwork Title
Knieender Gefangener
Alternate Title
Kneeling Prisoner
Series Title
Der Jüde ist Shüld!
The Jew is Guilty!
creation:  1934
issue:  1972
creation: Dresden (Germany)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-03-28 09:40:53
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