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Portrait of a fellow concentration camp inmate by Leo Haas

Object | Accession Number: 2002.490.9

Portrait of Norbert Leonard drawn by Leo Haas. Both men were inmates of Mauthausen concentration camp and members of the currency counterfeiting commando run by the SS. 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.

Artwork Title
Norbert, Mauthausen, 1945
creation:  approximately 1945 February
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, The Abraham and Ruth Goldfarb Family Acquisition Fun
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:16:13
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