Evidence for Posterity. The Drawings of the Dachau survivor Georg Tauber

Evidence for Posterity. The Drawings of the Dachau survivor Georg Tauber


Aquarellzeichnung von Georg Tauber

Watercolour drawing of Georg Tauber, 1946; courtesy of Monika Hofer/Ulrike Dümmler, Munich

The
Bavarian advertising illustrator Georg Tauber documented not only the violent
“daily routine” in the Dachau concentration camp but also the arrival of U.S.
Army troops and life in the camp after liberation.

The
more than 60 drawings were discovered five years ago in the estate of the
Dachau camp survivor Anton Hofer and they are being presented to the public for
the first time in the exhibition. The works are complemented by watercolors of
city views and landscapes Georg Tauber completed in 1941 during his
imprisonment and which were smuggled out of the concentration camp by a civilian
employee.

The
exhibition also looks at the fate of the “asocial” prisoners. Georg Tauber was
imprisoned from 1940 to 1945 in the Dachau concentration camp as an “asocial”
due to his morphine addiction and the resulting drug-related crime. Persons
categorized and persecuted as “asocial”, “criminal” or homosexual by the Nazi regime
did not receive any compensation from the state after the end of the Second
World War. As a consequence of ongoing discrimination, there are hardly any
personal testimonies from these victim groups down to the present day. Georg
Tauber is a rare exception: in 1946 he co-founded the “K.Z.-Arbeitsgemeinschaft
‘Die Vergessenen’, an association that actively campaigned on behalf of
“forgotten” concentration camp victims but was banned after just a few months.

The special exhibition is
financed by contributions from the City of Munich, the Bavarian State Ministry
for Education and Culture, Science and Art, as well as the Federal Government
Commissioner for Culture and Media. The exhibition will run until February 28,
2017.

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