SS guards burying dead, Belsen

Place Europe: Germany, Belsen
Accession Number ART27621
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 67.2 cm x 82.2 cm x 6 cm; unframed: 46.2 x 61.4 x 2.3 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Maker Moore, Alan
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1947
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


Alan Moore witnessed the liberation of the infamous Belsen concentration camp in Germany. For three days he drew and photographed the skeletal survivors and their persecutors, including the SS troops who were forced to bury their victims. After his return to Australia, Moore painted the horrific scenes he had witnessed.