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Yad Vashem Homepage Felix Nussbaum
Shore at Rapallo, 1934
View of Ostende with Boat, 1935
The Backyard at the Rue Archimède, 1938
The Great Disaster, c.1939
The Refugee, 1939
Above the Roofs, 1940
Still-life with Mask, Glove, and Football, c.1940
Camp Synagogue, 1941
Portrait of an Unidentified Man, 1941
Camp Synagogue, 1941
Camp Synagogue, 1941
Oil on wood
49,8 x 64,8 cm

Camp Synagogue, 1941

Four men wrapped in prayer shawls stand praying near a desolate shack. The make- shift synagogue at Saint Cyprien concentration camp, was located in the French Pyrenees where Nussbaum was held as a prisoner. To the right, a man stands alone. The lone man may be Nussbaum himself, who was ambivalent about his Jewish identity, like many young men of his time. Arrested for being Jewish, Nussbaum moved back hesitantly to his Jewish heritage. A gray gloomy sky fills the background, and a black cloud blocks the sun for the Morning Prayer, while ravens hover overhead. In the foreground are scattered a shoe, an empty tin can, a bone, and some barbed wire, all of which are symbols of the harsh conditions at the camp. The painting was executed in Brussels, after a drawing done in St. Cyprien, shortly following Nussbaum's successful escape from the camp.

Gift of Dr. Paul and Mrs. Hilda Freund, Jerusalem.