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Scale model of Block 5 men's barracks at Theresienstadt made by a former Jewish Czech inmate

Object | Accession Number: 1989.119.1

Scale model, 1:10 ratio, of Block 5, men's barracks, at Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp made by Jiri Lauscher after the war. It was based upon his experiences as an inmate of the camp in German occupied Czechoslovakia from December 1942 - May 1945. Even while in the camp, Jiri was concerned with preserving memories of the prisoner's experiences. He remained dedicated to this memorial work for the rest of his life. Jiri was from Prague which was invaded in March 1939 by Germany. He was fired from his job because he was Jewish. In September 1941, Heydrich, the SS chief, became Reich Protector and soon there were almost daily deportations of Jews to concentration camps. In December 1942, Jiri, wife Irma, and daughter Michaela, 5, were sent to Theresienstadt. Jiri's woodworking skill got him assigned to the camp technical department, where he was part of a closeknit group of artists. Irma taught Jewish traditions in the secret children's classes. The camp was taken over by the Red Cross on May 2, 1945, and the Soviets arrived May 9. Jiri and his family returned to Prague in June. Most of their relatives were killed in German concentration camps.

creation:  approximately 1970
depiction: Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp, Block 5, men's barracks; Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
creation: Prague (Czech Republic)
Decorative Arts
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jiri Lauscher
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:20:30
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