|Catalog No.||1582||Similar Items|
|Brief Description||Walter Spitzer: Interrogation by Torture||Similar Items|
|Artist||Spitzer Walter||Similar Items|
|Donor||Spitzer Walter||Similar Items|
|Technique||Pencil drawing||Similar Items|
|Date of Work||1945||Similar Items|
|Work specifications/size||29X42 cm. Signed and dated: lower right: W. Spitzer 1945, lower left: W. Spitzer 45||Similar Items|
|Artist's Original Title||לא||Similar Items|
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Walter Spitzer: Interrogation by Torture
Walter Spitzer was born in January 1927 in the Czech - Polish border town of Cieszyn, Upper Silesia, to an upper middle class Jewish family. His artistic talents became apparent in his youth.
In February 1940 his father died, and that June the Jews of Cieszyn were banished from their homes and dispersed to towns in the region of Zaglebie. Spitzer and his family went to Strzemieszyce Wielkie, where he found work as a photographer and then as a welder.
In 1943 Spitzer and his mother were expelled, along with the local Jewish community. He was deported to the Blechhammer camp, a subcamp of Auschwitz - Birkenau.In the camp he made portraits and drawings which he bartered for bread. He also did clandestine drawings of forced labor. Most of his camp drawings were lost when the camp was liquidated.
In January 1945, Spitzer went on a death march from Auschwitz to the Buchenwald camp. He was liberated there and served as an interpreter for an American army unit.
In late 1945 Spitzer relocated to Paris, where he studied at the Academie des Beaux - Arts. He settled in Paris permanently, where he continues to commemorate the events of the Holocaust period in his artworks that are exhibited worldwide. Close