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Satirical drawing of his prescription made by a camp inmate for his doctor, a fellow inmate

Object | Accession Number: 1989.202.2

Elegant cartoon in pencil and watercolor done by Istvan Irsai and given to Dr. Bela Gondos in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp on October 17, 1944, as an expression of gratitude. It depicts an oversize thermometer stuck into a piece of bread, Dr. Gondos's prescription for his starving patient, whom he saw weekly. Both men were inmates arrived in the camp on the Kastzner rescue transport from Budapest, on July 8, 1944. Bela diagnosed Istvan with starvation and the prescribed extra portion of bread was filled by the informal organization of the Hungarian camp. Bela's wife Anna and 7 year old daughter Judit were also in the camp. The Kastzner train was arranged by Reszo Kastzner who persuaded the German SS to accept money to allow a trainful of Jews to leave Budapest. The intent was to send them to Palestine or Portugal, but not enough money was raised, so they were sent to Bergen-Belsen. The Gondos family and Istvan were sent to Zurich, Switzerland, in December 1944, after a Jewish organization raised ransom money. Istvan left for Palestine in 1945. The Gondos family emigrated to America in fall 1946.

Artwork Title
ORVOSI POT Bergen-Belsen 1944
Alternate Title
Medical Pot Bergen Belsen 1944
creation:  1944 October 17
received:  1944 October 17
creation: Bergen-Belsen (Concentration camp); Belsen (Bergen, Celle, Germany)
received: Bergen-Belsen (Concentration camp); Belsen (Bergen, Celle, Germany)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Bela Gondos and Judith Gondos Jacobs
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:57:31
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