Portrait of Bob Sheppard, British inmate at Dachau
image: half-length seated portrait of Bob Sheppard, a British inmate at Dachau. He is wearing a flamboyantly tied scarf, a
blue shirt and a prisoner's cap. He sits with his elbow resting on the table, holding a pipe.
These drawings appear to be pages from a numbered sketchbook, with the page number appearing in the upper right
corner [recto]. The captions on the back of the drawing appear to refer to the drawing on the following page of the
page 7 of 19 [the left side of IWM ART 17271 18 appears to be sketch book's missing first page]
Bob Sheppard was a friend of the artist and fellow SOE agent in the French section. Sheppard was imprisoned in Dachau
at the same time as Stonehouse. Both survived their ordeal and witnessed the killing of several guards by fellow inmates when the camp was
liberated in April 29 1945. He and Stonehouse prevented at least one lynching to ensure the guard would eventually stand trial at the end
of the war.
signed by the artist, '44-23-11, Dachau 16-4-45'
'Brian by himself' [referring to the following page: IWM ART 17271 7?]
One of the most memorable elements of the Holocaust Exhibition is the video testimony by survivors which accompanies visitors along the route. But what happened to the survivors after the Second World War? How did they rebuild their lives in the years that followed their release from Nazi persecution?
As the Allies advanced across Europe at the end of the Second World War, they came across concentration camps filled with sick and starving prisoners. The first major camp to be liberated was Majdanek near Lublin, Poland in July 1944.