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Leo Haas drawing of Jewish forced laborers carrying lumber

Object | Accession Number: 2002.490.10

Portrait of four adult male forced laborers by Leo Haas, based upon scenes he witnessed as a German prisoner in several camps. This is likely a scene from Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp and each man is portrayed as a recognizable individual. 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
creation:  1943
depiction: Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, The Abraham and Ruth Goldfarb Family Acquisition Fun
Record last modified: 2023-09-15 10:17:00
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