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Caricature of a painter at work by a fellow inmate in Terezin

Object | Accession Number: 1989.2.95

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    Brief Narrative
    Caricature of Ernest Kleina at work drawn by Anna Kampusova when both were prisoners created at Theresienstadt (Terezin) ghetto-labor camp in German occupied Czechoslovakia. The camp opened in November 24, 1941 and was in operation about 3.5 years, until May 2, 1945. The German SS imprisoned certain categories of German, Austrian, and Czech Jews in the ghetto, including many prominent intellectual or cultural figures. There was a large Technical Department where many artists were assigned to work, creating technical drawings, maps, etc. for the camp administration. Many of them secretly created works documenting the actual overcrowded, disease ridden conditions of the camp. The works were buried or hidden behind walls and recovered postwar. Roughly 140,000 Jews were sent to Theresienstadt; nearly 90,000 were sent to camps in the east where most died, and about 33,000 perished in Theresienstadt.
    Artwork Title
    Karikatura Erny Kleina
    creation:  approximately 1942-1945
    creation: Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mark Talisman
    Artist: Anna Kampusova

    Physical Details

    Physical Description
    Portrait in watercolor with ink on paper of a man with light brown hair, glasses, and a large pointed nose in left profile seated on a yellow bench, painting a canvas. He is wearing a blue vest with a Star of David badge on his chest and a gray apron. He is holds a square brown painter’s palette in his left hand and 3 paintbrushes in his right. On the left is a large white canvas on an easel. The drawing is in a windowpane mat with a piece of paper taped to the back.
    overall: Height: 17.625 inches (44.768 cm) | Width: 13.750 inches (34.925 cm)
    pictorial area: Height: 6.375 inches (16.192 cm) | Width: 4.250 inches (10.795 cm)
    overall : paper, watercolor, ink, graphite
    mat, back, on paper, black ink : 6. Karikatura Erny Kleina / Anna Kampusová / 22 [Caricature of Erny Kleina by Anna Kampusova]
    mat, back, top left corner, cursive, pencil : Karikatura Arnostu Kleina prí pràci, / Kreslila Anna Kampusová [Caricature of Ernest Kleina at work, drawn by Anna Kampusova]
    mat, back, bottom right corner, colored pencil and pencil : 6 KLÁ

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    Administrative Notes

    The caricature was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1989 by Mark Talisman.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2023-06-02 09:37:15
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