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Drypoint etching by Lea Grundig of people trapped and running in circles

Object | Accession Number: 1987.92.11

Intaglio print, Die flucht Beginnt, created by Lea Grundig in 1934 in Nazi Germany. It is from the series, Unterm Hakenkreuz. It depicts a huge crowd of figures running in panicked, chaotic circles. 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, was also arrested in 1936 and 1938, and in 1940, 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
Die flucht beginnt
Alternate Title
Flight Begins
Under the Swastika
Series Title
Unterm Hakenkreuz
creation:  1934
issue:  1972
creation: Dresden (Germany)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-03-28 09:43:43
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