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Folio: Helena Mändlová's 'Dream'

Part of a collection of drawings by Jewish children who were detained in Theresienstadt ‘camp-ghetto’, Dream was created during clandestine drawing classes taught by painter and teacher Friedl Dicker-Brandeis

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Dream by Helena Mändlová (1943) forms part of a collection of 4,387 drawings by Jewish children who were detained in Theresienstadt ‘camp-ghetto’, 30km north of Prague, during the Second World War.  This image was created during clandestine drawing classes taught over a two-year period by painter and teacher Friedl Dicker-Brandeis. Focused on using special experimental methods she acquired during studies at the State Bauhaus in Weimar, Dicker-Brandeis’s goal was to allow the children the freedom to express themselves while living under extreme brutality. The collection of drawings was discovered in two suitcases she had hidden in the children’s dormitories. She and most of her students were deported to Auschwitz, and gassed.

JMP 121.586. Image courtesy of the Jewish Museum in Prague.

This Folio is featured in the AR’s June 2018 issue on Justice and Power – click here to purchase a copy.