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Leo Haas drawing of concentration camp inmates lined up for roll call

Object | Accession Number: 2002.490.8

Ink drawing created by Leo Haas depicting prisoner roll call at Mauthausen concentration camp where he was an inmate in spring 1945. For another version of this drawing see 2003.202.16. 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.

Artwork Title
Appell in Mauthausen
creation:  1945
depiction:  approximately 1945 February
depiction: Mauthausen (Concentration Camp); Mauthausen (Austria)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, The Abraham and Ruth Goldfarb Family Acquisition Fun
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:29:38
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