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Plate 1, Leo Haas, German concentration camps: corpselike inmates at roll call

Publication | Accession Number: 1989.19.1

Plate 1 in a folio of 12 prints by Leo Haas published in Prague in 1947. It depicts corpselike concentration camp inmates gathered for appell [roll call]: "...long rows of white skulls, glowing as a mass seemingly less alive than cold light...." The works are based on scenes experienced or witnessed by Haas, a labor and concentration camp prisoner for six years, from 1939-1945. Each print has an introductory paragraph by Milos Vacik, a poet jailed for anti-Nazi resistance activity. Haas, 38, a Czech Jew and professional artist, was arrested in 1939, deported to Nisko labor camp in Poland, and then shipped back to Ostrava in German occupied Czechoslovakia to do forced labor. In September 1942, he was sent to Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp, where he and a group of fellow artists determined to secretly document the terrible conditions of daily life in the camp. In summer 1944, Haas, Bedrich Fritta, Otto Ungar, and Ferdinand Bloch were accused by the Gestapo of smuggling their 'gruesome', that is, truthful, work out of the camp. Haas was arrested and tortured. In October, he was deported to Auschwitz, and a month later, to Sachsenhausen. In February 1945, he was transported to Mauthausen and then Ebensee concentration camp, where he was liberated on May 4-5 by US troops.

Series Title
12 puvodnich litografii z nemeckych koncentracnich taboru Leo Haas
Date
1947  (publication/distribution)
Geography
publication : Prague (Czech Republic)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ivan Kalina
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