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Deportation to Death
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Deportation to Death

Leopoldo Méndez, Mexican, 1902 - 1969. Published by Taller de Gráfica Popular, Mexico City.

Made in Mexico, North and Central America



Image: 13 13/16 × 20 1/16 inches (35.1 × 51 cm) Sheet: 18 3/4 x 27 inches (47.6 x 68.6 cm)

© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Gift of R. Sturgis and Marion B. F. Ingersoll, 1943

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After Mexico declared war on Germany in May 1942, a group of left-wing German exiles in Mexico established the anti-Nazi publishing house El Libro Libre (The Free Book). With financial support from the government, they published El libro negro del terror nazi en Europa (The Black Book of Nazi Terror in Europe), a collection of documentary photographs, statistical charts, and firsthand accounts of Nazi atrocities written by refugees. El libro negro also included small-sized reproductions of original drawings and prints, such as Méndez's large linocut Deportation to Death, which is one of the earliest known attempts by an artist to call attention to the Nazi concentration camps of World War II.