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Drypoint etching by Lea Grundig of dead bodies wrapped around tank tread

Object | Accession Number: 1987.92.10

Intaglio print, Der Tank, created by Lea Grundig in Nazi Germany in 1936. This is number 7 from the series, Krieg Droht (War Threatens). 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. He returned after the war ended in May 1945. The couple was reunited in 1949 when Lea returned to Dresden.

Artwork Title
Der tank
Alternate Title
War Threatens
Series Title
Krieg Droht
creation:  1936
issue:  1973
creation: Dresden (Germany)
Object Type
War in art (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-03-28 09:43:42
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