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Leo Haas drawing of a blind witness identifying the guilty party at a trial

Object | Accession Number: 2002.490.5

Satiric drawing created by Leo Haas in 1978 with an image of an elderly blind man pointing out the guilty at a hearing. On the table near the judge is a paper marked HIAG, an aid association for former Waffen SS members, which promoted a sympathetic, revisionist history of their Nazi past. 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 labor camp 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 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. Haas moved to East Germany in 1955.

Artwork Title
Keine Aufregung, Herr Klager, Ich Bestimme Schon Den Schuldigen (Zwischen Ihnen Beiden!)
creation:  1978
creation: Berlin (Germany : East)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, The Abraham and Ruth Goldfarb Family Acquisition Fun
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:16:14
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