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Offset lithographic printing plate depicting Percy Brand holding his violin

Object | Accession Number: 2009.297.2

Tinted, offset lithographic, metal printing plate with a photograph of Perec Brandt (later Percy Brand) holding his violin (2006.133.2a-j), the same one used while a concentration camp inmate in Latvia and Germany from 1941 to 1945 and a displaced person in Germany from 1945 to 1949. Perec was the concertmaster of the Riga Latvian Symphony Orchestra in 1940 when the Soviets annexed Latvia. In June 1941, Latvia was under German occupation and Perec’s wife, daughter, and son were murdered by the SS Einsatzgruppen [mobile killing unit]. Perec was forced into the Riga ghetto, and later transferred to Riga-Kaiserwald, Stutthof, and Buchenwald concentration camps. In Buchenwald, he was ordered to play his violin for the commandant and was rewarded with extra rations. He kept his violin with him throughout his imprisonment and even slept with it. He was liberated from Buchenwald on April 11, 1945, by the United States Army. Perec weighed 50 pounds at liberation. He joined the Kibbutz Buchenwald, part of a displaced persons camp. Postwar, he performed with his violin in various DP camps where he met and married Grunia Lewin (later Gertrude), a survivor of Dondangen II, Stutthof, and Mühldorf concentration camps. They immigrated to the United States in February 1949.

use:  after 1949-1985 August 15
use: United States
Tools and Equipment
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Gertrude Brand and the Estate of Gertrude and Percy Brand
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:07:55
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