Unfinished Portrait of a Russian Inmate no. 50492 at Dachau
image: unfinished three quarter-length seated portrait of a male Russian inmate at Dachau. The man is bare-chested and
sits leaning forward with elbow resting on his leg.
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 19 of 19 [the left side of this page appears to be sketch book's missing first page]
The notes suggest that this is the same Russian prisoner as in IWM ART 17271 12. The artist wanted to depict the
prisoner's weight loss after a period spent at the camp.
'A Pole working in the Plantage with Brian' [referring to the first page: IWM ART 17271 1]
'What a man! Bob - to make a contrast I suppose!)'
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.