|Catalog No.||714||Similar Items|
|Brief Description||Yehuda Bacon: Memories of Auschwitz||Similar Items|
|Artist||Bacon Yehuda||Similar Items|
|Donor||Bacon Yehuda||Similar Items|
|Period||After World War II||Similar Items|
|Date of Work||1950, ישראל||Similar Items|
|Work specifications/size||29.8X21 cm. Signed lower right: Bacon||Similar Items|
|Artist's Original Title||לא||Similar Items|
|databank||Art Collection||Similar Items|
Yehuda Bacon: Memories of Auschwitz.
Yehuda Bacon was born on June 28, 1929, in Moravska Ostrava, Czechoslovakia. He grew up in an Orthodox Jewish family, together with his two older sisters, and was a member of the Bnei Akiva youth movement.
In September 1942, at the age of 13, Bacon was deported to the Terezin (Theresienstadt) ghetto, where he lived in a “children's house.” Bacon had been interested in drawing since his early childhood, and in the ghetto he was given art lessons by the artist inmates Leo Haas, Karel Fleischmann, and Otto Unger.
In December 1943, Bacon and his father were sent on a transport to the Auschwitz camp, where his father perished. In the camp, Bacon found wrapping paper for his drawings, which he concealed in a hiding place. Some of these he himself destroyed for fear they would be discovered during a search of the barracks.
On January 18, 1945, the youth Yehuda Bacon was among the inmates sent on a death march. They walked for three days and nights without stopping, until they reached the Gunskirchen camp, near the Mauthausen camp. Bacon was liberated by the Americans on May 5, 1945, when he was fifteen and a half years old. After the war, he returned to Czechoslovakia and in 1946 immigrated to Mandate Palestine.
Bacon testified at the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem and against an SS soldier, Bratzki, in Frankfurt.
Yehuda Bacon studied art in Prague, London, Paris, and at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, where he also taught for many years. He continues to produce paintings and drawings, and his works are exhibited worldwide.
Bacon donated several of his drawings and paintings that were made during and after the Holocaust, to the Art Collection of the Ghetto Fighters' House. Close