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Leo Haas postwar cartoon of a wealthy man redirecting a man drawing Nazi graffitti

Object | Accession Number: 2002.490.6

Postwar illustration created by Leo Haas of a businessman talking to a man drawing a swastika on a building in Berlin. It was captioned: "Very gutsy, dear friend, I agree with you completely--but why don't you paint on the building of our competitor." The 1978 drawing was published in Eulenspeigel, a satirical magazine in Berlin, East Germany, where Haas was the cartoon editor. Haas, 38, a Czech Jew and a professional artist, was arrested in 1939 in Ostrava in German occupied Czechoslovakia for being a Communist. 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
Sehr brav, lieber Freund
Alternate Title
Very gutsy, dear Friend
creation:  after 1955
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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