Carrying heavy loads

Accession Number ART90354
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 21.9 x 27.2 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pencil, charcoal on paper
Location Main Bld: World War 2 Gallery: Holocaust gallery
Maker Slawik, Bernard
Place made Poland: Lwow
Date made c 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


Many of the work brigades were given jobs with no practical purpose. Jobs included moving bricks and wooden beams from place to place while Nazi officers whipped, tortured and shouted at the prisoners. 'Unskilled labourers' such as lawyers, rabbis, teachers etc. were given the worst back-breaking jobs and met their deaths soon after their arrival in Janowska. In the lower image of three inmates talking, there is another image beneath it which is just apparent. One can just make out figures carrying long beams above their shoulders.