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Leo Haas sketch of SS labor camp guard Wolters

Object | Accession Number: 2002.490.3

Ink sketch of SS officer Wolters drawn by Leo Haas, while a prisoner in Nisko forced labor camp. Leo Haas, 38, a Czech Jew and a professional artist, was arrested in 1939 in Ostrava in German occupied Czechoslovakia for being a Communist Party member. He was deported to Nisko in Poland, then shipped back to Ostrava to do forced labor. In September 1942, he was sent to Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp, where he became part of a tight knit group of artists determined to secretly document the wretched conditions of daily life in the camp. In summer of 1944, they were accused by the Gestapo of smuggling their 'gruesome' work out of the camp. Haas was arrested and tortured. In October, he was deported to Auschwitz, and a month later, to Sachsenhausen. In February 1945, he was transported to Mauthausen and then Ebensee. He was liberated there on May 4-5 by US troops.

Artwork Title
Wolters, Nisko, September 17, 1939
Date
1939 November 11  (creation)
Geography
creation : Nisko (Concentration camp); Nisko (Poland)
Classification
Art
Category
Drawings
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, The Abraham and Ruth Goldfarb Family Acquisition Fun
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:04:12
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