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Karel Fleischmann drawing of prisoners watching coffins being stacked in a wagon

Object | Accession Number: 1992.124.2 a-b

Ink drawing of a large crowd milling around a wagon being loaded with coffins drawn by Dr. Karel Fleischmann when he was a prisoner in Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp from April 1942-October 1944. After the war, the drawing belonged to fellow Theresienstadt inmates, Irma and Jiri Lauscher, who gave it as a present to their cousin and fellow Terezin inmate, Hana Schiff Bruml. In April 1942, Fleischmann and his family were transported to the camp. Fleischmann, a medical doctor, was made assistant director of the health department. In October 1944, Fleischmann and his family were deported to Auschwitz and killed. In December 1942, Jiri and Irma Lauscher, and daughter Michaela, 5, arrived in camp. Jiri, an artisan, was assigned to the technical department. Irma organized and taught clandestine children's classes. In October 1944, Hana Schiff and her husband Rudolf arrived. In December 1943, Rudolf was deported to Auschwitz and killed. In October 1944, Hana was deported to Auschwitz, transferred to Kudowa-Sackisch slave labor camp, and freed on May 5, 1945. By early 1945, all of Jiri and Irma's close friends at Terezin were deported to concentration camps. Jiri became the safekeeper of the personal possessions of many deported friends and dedicated himself to documenting and preserving the prisoners' experiences. In early May 1945, Terezin was liberated. Jiri and his family returned to Prague, as did Hana. They learned that most of their extended families had perished. Hana met Karel Bruml, a former inmate of Terezin, Auschwitz, and several other camps, also from Prague, and they went to America in 1946.

Artwork Title
Loading of Coffins in Terezin, 1943
Alternate Title
Transport to the Leichenstelle
creation:  1943
creation: Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
depiction: 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: 2020-06-30 09:20:30
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