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Portrait of a young female inmate created in Theresienstadt ghetto

Object | Accession Number: 2005.517.2

Portrait drawing of 19-year old Trudy (Gertrude) Blau done in the Theresienstadt ghetto on January 13, 1944, by Alfred Bergel. In 1942, Trudy and her family were deported by the Germans from Vienna, Austria, to Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia. In 1944, Trudy volunteered to go to Auschwitz with friends selected for transport. From there, she was sent to Kurzbach labor camp, where she worked digging ditches and contracted typhoid fever. In January 1945, the Germans evacuated the camp because of advancing Soviet forces. Trudy was liberated during the forced march in Liegnitz, Germany. She found her family in Theresienstadt in spring 1945. The Red Cross took over the Terezin camp on May 2. The family was transferred to Deggendorf displaced persons camp in Germany where they lived until their emigration to the United States in 1948. Bergel, age 42, had been deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp and murdered in October 1944.

Artwork Title
Portrait of Trudy Blau at 19
creation:  1944 January 13
creation: Theresienstadt (concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jeffrey A. Gordon
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:57:47
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