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24 drawings from the concentration camps in Germany

Object | Accession Number: 2004.323.13

Portfolio of rotogravure prints of 24 drawings by George (Jerzy) Zielezinski depicting scenes he witnessed of daily life and death as a prisoner in German concentration camps from 1943-1945. The set includes a portfolio cover, a folded insert with an essay about the prints, and 24 individual reproductions. After his emigration to the US in 1949, sets were sold by the American Friends Service Committee to raise funds for Zielezinski's support. Zielezinski, a Polish Catholic, was arrested in March 1943 in Warsaw by the German occupation authorities for political activity. He was sent to Auschwitz and, in January 1944, to Flossenbürg. In mid-April 1945, as Allied troops approached, the SS began evacuations, sending prisoners to Dachau on trains and via death marches. After liberation on April 29, 1945, Jerzy was hospitalized and while recovering he made finished drawings of camp life and atrocities, based upon the sketches he made secretly on scraps of paper in the camps. He then lived in Schwandorf and Munich displaced persons camp, until gong to America. The portfolio was acquired by Dixie Foster, presumably when she worked as a civilian court reporter during the US War Crimes Tribunal at the former Dachau concentration camp in Germany, also known as the Dachau war crimes trials. The trials were conducted by the US Army in the American postwar occupation zone from November 1945 to August 1948.

publication:  1946
publication: Munich (Germany)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Gretchen Davenport
Record last modified: 2021-05-06 11:45:09
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