The artists of Terezin

Author Gerald Green American

Not on view

This essential illustrated text describes the distinctive culture that emerged in Theresienstadt, a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. The prisoners were allowed to bring forty pounds of goods to the camp with them, and many chose paints, books, and musical instruments. Visual artists, musicians, composers, writers, and children not only documented their plight but also asserted their humanity. Among the many artists’ works reproduced in this book are those of Bedřich Fritta, Karel Fleischmann, and Malvína Schálková. The cover features a drawing by Eva Meitner, age 11, titled "Seder."

Prisoners of Theresienstadt were encouraged to practice their crafts when the Nazis realized that the art could be used as propaganda for the camp, purportedly demonstrating to inspectors such as the Red Cross that the camp was a place of rich cultural activity. In actuality, the inmates suffered from starvation and disease.

The artists of Terezin, Gerald Green (American, Brooklyn 1922-2006 Norwalk, Connecticut)

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.