The work by Erich Lichtblau in the collection of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust is not only a unique document of the living situation in the Theresienstadt ghetto from the perspective of a prisoner, it is also an unusual work of art which utilizes the rarely used form of caricature to report on daily life in a Nazi labor camp. Many pictures by former concentration camp prisoners regularly show barbed wire, smoking chimneys or mountains of corpses. As a result, most people associate holocaust art with the portrayal of suffering and death. Erich Lichtblau's work is entirely different. With his pictures, he attempts to show the grotesque and even humorous side of imprisonment in a National Socialist camp. Therefore, his picture series can be construed as a cartoon of the social and political situation in the Theresienstadt ghetto. Using the example of Erich Lichtblau's work, this article will explore the nature and characteristics of concentration camp cartoons.

 

 

More About Erich Lichtblau's Cartoons:

Part I: On the Nature & Attributes of Cartoons

Part II: Cartoons in Concentration Camps & Ghettos

Part III: Attributes of Erich Lichtblau's Cartoons