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Leo Haas watercolor of blind Jewish inmates walking outdoors

Object | Accession Number: 2002.490.11

Watercolor by Leo Haas of a group of blind inmates with Judenstern walking outdoors. It is based on scenes he witnessed in 1942 while an inmate of Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp. Haas was an inmate of Terezin from September 1942-October 1944. 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 misery and suffering of daily life in the ghetto. They hid their work in the camp, and much was recovered postwar. In summer 1944, they were accused by the Gestapo of smuggling their 'gruesome' work out of the camp and were arrested and tortured. In October, Haas 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 American troops.

Artwork Title
The Blind of Theresienstadt
Date
1943  (depiction)
Geography
depiction : Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
Classification
Art
Category
Paintings
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, The Abraham and Ruth Goldfarb Family Acquisition Fun
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Record last modified: 2018-03-19 10:11:47
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