Encounter of the Carriages, 1943.

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They Shall Be Counted

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Erich Lichtblau-Leskly Collection

The Museum's Erich Lichtblau-Leskly Theresienstadt Collection of original paintings or ghetto-picture diaries is the largest collection of this artist's work.  Through their technical excellence, the works reveal defiance, humor, satire, and indifference to the madness of the world run by the Nazi regime.  Theresienstadt (Terezin), besides being a main incarceration center for the Central European Jews, also served as a place used to deceive the world that the Jews of Europe were alive and being treated well.  The Nazi regime used it as a stage for filming propaganda and a tourist stop for international commissions. The Lichtblau-Leskly works capture the complications and ironies of Theresienstadt. They universally depict the fundamental desperation lurking in every moment of life in the show ghetto.

Erich Lichtblau-Leskly artworks significantly differ from a ‘typical' Holocaust graphic.  Instead of a barbed wire, striped uniform, and death scenes, we see ghetto life through the prism of everyday errands and chores, depicted in grotesques and caricatures. Erich Lichtblau-Leskly convincingly challenges the Nazi anti-Jewish concepts by depicting and interpreting the ghetto life in a style he would use for a ‘normal' commercial advertisement in his prewar practice.  In the spring of 1945, Erich Lichtblau-Leskly cut most of his pictures into pieces to protect himself and his wife.  Fortunately, his wife hid these fragments, rescuing them for posterity.  Our Collection includes these fragments as well as re-created watercolors done by the artist in Israel during the 1950s throughout the 1960s. 

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Edward Victor Collection

On October 17, 2011, Edward Victor donated his entire collection of synagogue and Holocaust philatelic materials to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Mr. Victor has accumulated a large collection of materials over the years. This Collection comprises thousands of wartime documents and artifacts in the form of various correspondences.Please visit his website (http://www.edwardvictor.com/) to take a closer look at some of the pieces we received from Mr. Victor.

Reflections on the Holocaust Through a A Philatelic Collection: Ed Victor Papers, an article by Dr. Vladimir Melamad, Director of Archive, Library and Historical Curatorship can be found here.

Please see a selection of digitized letters from and to Oranienburg and Sachsenhausen concentration camps (RG-72.03.04) Auschwitz concentration camp (RG-72.03.06); Buchenwald concentration camp (RG-72.03.07) and various wartime identification documents (RG-72.04).

All these historic documents constitute only a small portion of Ed Victor Papers (RG-72) donated to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. They are catalogued and digitized by the Department of Archive, Library and Historical Curatorship, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

 

Collection entitled RG-72.08, Correspondence from and to German Labor Service is multifaceted by content and form.

Nazi-German propaganda appealed to the population of German-occupied and controlled territories, making every effort to attract a volunteer manpower in German economy.

Many believed that working life in Germany could be a solution to multiple problems in the countries of their own. They volunteered for German Labor Service.

Volunteering was a typical process in the earlier years of the Second World War.

No later than 1943 the living conditioned of German civilian population significantly worsened. Proportionally, more and more people in the German-controlled territories realized that sooner or later Nazi Germany would lose the war. A stream of volunteers for the German Labor Service became extinct.  Then the German Police and Civil Authorities in the occupied and controlled territories introduced a mandatory conscription for labor in Germany.

This Collection, comprising 88 documents in the form of letters, postcards, envelopes, package forms and other narratives, reflects the lesser known German Labor System of civilian labor camps, as well as specialized labor establishments for foreign workers. The content of correspondences, written in various European languages, varies from appreciation of the working life in Nazi Germany to rather negative attitude to the Nazi-German values and the mode of life.

The titles attached to the digitized documents render a basic information of a German laborer and his or her respondent.