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Watercolor of a 17th century synagogue created by an inmate at Theresienstadt

Object | Accession Number: 2015.254.12

Watercolor of a 17th century wooden synagogue painted by Alfred Bergel in 1944 while he was a prisoner in Theresienstadt concentration camp. The Wooden Synagogue of Zabludow, Poland, was built in the 1630's. German troops invaded Zabludow on June 25, 1941, and burned the town center, including the synagogue. Bergel, a physician and artist, and his wife were deported from Vienna, Austria, to Theresienstadt on October 9, 1942. Alfred worked for the German in the artist's workshop at the camp. In his free time, he created portraits of fellow prisoners and of daily life in the camp. On October 12, 1944, he and his wife were transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau and murdered.

Artwork Title
Holzsynagoge in Zabludow 17. Jahfrh, Theresienstadt, 1944
Alternate Title
17th century Wooden Synagogue in Zabludow, Theresienstadt, 1944
Date
1944-1944  (creation)
Geography
creation : Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
depiction : Holzsynagogue (Wooden Synagogue); Zabludow (Poland)
Language
German
Classification
Art
Category
Paintings
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:07:12
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