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Portrait of an engineer done by Peter Kien when both were inmates in Terezin

Object | Accession Number: 1992.124.1

Portrait of Karel Fischer drawn by Peter Kien when both were prisoners in Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp circa 1942-October 1944. Kien inscribed it: "Petr-na protiucet" [Petr - a payback]. After the war, Fischer gave the drawing to another former inmate, Karel Bruml, nephew of Fischer’s sister, Helene. All had been sent to the camp from German occupied Prague. Fischer, a transportation specialist and railroad engineer, was sent just as the camp opened in late November 1941, and put in charge of road and rail construction. He was an influential member of the Jewish Council known for his willingness to help others. In early May 1945, the camp was liberated and Fischer and his family returned to Prague. Kien, 22, a gifted artist, was transported in December 1941, and assigned to the technical department. In October 1944, Kien and his family were deported to Auschwitz and killed. Bruml, 29, arrived with his parents and siblings in December 1941. He lived in the same barrack as Fischer, and worked in the technical department. In October 1942, Bruml and his family were deported to Auschwitz. His family was killed, but Bruml was transferred through several concentration camps. He was liberated at Bergen-Belsen in April 1945, and returned to Prague in May. He and Fischer found that most of their families had perished. Bruml met Hana Schiff Suk in Prague, a fellow survivor of Theresienstadt and Auschwitz and they left for America in 1946.

Artwork Title
Karel Fischer, Theresienstadt, 1942-1944
received:  after 1942 January-before 1944 October
creation: Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
received: Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Charles and Hana Bruml
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:47:26
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