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Caricature of a man seated with a paper by an inmate of Theresienstadt

Object | Accession Number: 2004.357.3

Ink line drawing of an apprehensive man sitting with a notice in his lap drawn by Annemarie Loewe Durra in 1944 when she and her husband Willi were interned at Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp in German occupied Czechoslovakia. Annemarie and Willi were deported from Breslau, Germany, on April 2, 1943. They were among the last remaining Jews in the city. Theresienstadt played a unique rule as a propaganda tool for the Germans. While by 1943, it was primarily a collection center for deportations to ghettos and killings centers in the east, the camp had an active cultural community. Annemarie, a professional cartoonist, continued to draw and Willi, who had been the choral director of the Breslau synagogue, directed a choir of inmates. On October 16, 1944, Willi was deported and murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau killing center. Annemarie was liberated on May 9, 1945, when the Soviet Army entered the camp, two days after Germany’s surrender. On August 9, she was transferred to Deggendorf displaced persons camp in Germany. 2004.357.1 has newspapers published in Deggendorf with illustrations by Annemarie; 2007.162.9 is a portrait she drew there. In February 1950, she emigrated to the United States.

Artwork Title
Worried Man on a Bench, Theresienstadt, 1944
Date
1944  (creation)
Geography
creation : Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
Language
Czech
Classification
Art
Category
Drawings
Object Type
Caricatures (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Kathryn Sucher
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:04:26
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