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Drawing of a bridge crossing over a shaded road

Object | Accession Number: 1989.2.101

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Drawing of a bridge over a road drawn by Anna Kampusova while imprisoned at Theresienstadt (Terezin) ghetto-labor camp in 1943-1944 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
    Mustek za Sudety
    Alternate Title
    Bridge over the Sudetenland
    Date
    creation:  approximately 1943-1944
    Geography
    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 Mark Talisman
    Contributor
    Artist: Anna Kampusova

    Physical Details

    Language
    Czech
    Classification
    Art
    Category
    Drawings
    Physical Description
    Drawing in pencil on paper depicting a shaded road going under a stone bridge in the background. On the right is a sunlit, hill with tall trees on top. On the left is a high wall with foliage that hangs over the bridge.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 13.750 inches (34.925 cm) | Width: 17.625 inches (44.768 cm)
    pictorial area: Height: 8.625 inches (21.908 cm) | Width: 11.625 inches (29.528 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, charcoal, ink
    Inscription
    back, cursive, pencil : 11/9 44 (D~lň) / Jh
    mat, back, on paper, black ink : 43. Šance / Můstek za Sudety / /tužka/ 26 [Chance, Bridge over the Sudetenland, pencil]
    mat, back, bottom right corner, colored pencil : 43 44
    mat, back, bottom right corner, pencil : KLÁ

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The drawing 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.
    Record last modified:
    2023-06-02 09:39:26
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