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Puppet created by a Jewish man representing his experiences from imprisonment in transit camps

Object | Accession Number: 2017.213.8

Puppet with papier mâché head created by Albert Guenther Hess. It is one of a collection of six puppets made by Hess to represent his recurrent nightmares about his imprisonment in camps during World War II. Albert and his wife Gisela left Nazi Germany for Belgium in 1939. After Germany invaded Belgium in early May 1940, he fled to France. He was arrested and held in three internment camps: St. Cyprien, Gurs, and Les Milles. He managed to leave France and reached St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, on March 20, 1941. In August 1943, he was inducted into United States Army and then served in Germany.

Classification
Art
Category
Sculpture
Object Type
Puppets (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Marie Brandes Hammerling
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Record last modified: 2018-04-09 14:46:52
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