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Postwar sketch of inmates in a food line inscribed to a Czech Jewish survivor

Object | Accession Number: 2001.3.6

Pencil drawing given to Hana Mueller Schiff Sukova in postwar Prague, April 1946, not long before she left for the United States. It is a sketch of people waiting in line with pails for food rations in a courtyard resembling Theresienstadt, with an inscription suggesting the artist and Hana were both prisoners there. In March 1939, Prague was annexed by Nazi Germany. Hana, 21, and her husband Rudolf Schiff, 23, were sent on August 10. Hana’s parents were deported to Treblinka killing center in October 1942. Her husband, his parents Richard and Marta, and brother Karel, were sent to Auschwitz and killed in December 1943. On October 1, 1944, Hana was deported to Auschwitz, and then sent to Kudowa-Sackisch slave labor camp in Poland where she was freed on May 5, 1945. She returned to Prague and while searching for surviving family members met Karel Bruml. He had survived Terezin, Auschwitz, Auschwitz III-Monowitz (Buna) and death marches to Gleiwitz, Dora-Mittelbau, and Bergen-Belsen, where he was liberated on April 15. Hana and Karel found few surviving relatives. They left separately for America in 1946, where they married.

creation:  1946 April 27
received:  approximately 1946 April 27
depiction: Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
creation: Prague (Czech Republic)
received: Prague (Czech Republic)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Hana Bruml
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:30:12
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