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This watercolour was created by Karl Bodek and Kurt Conrad Löw at Gurs Concentration Camp, France in 1941. The artists collaborated on many works and signed them jointly.

Karl Bodek fled Bukovina, Romania, after the Soviet occupation in 1940. He initially went to France and subsequently to Belgium where he was arrested and finally transported to the Gurs Camp. Eventually, in August 19642 he was transported to Drancy Camp and then on to Auschwitz, where he was murdered.

In 1939 Kurt Conrad Low also fled to Belgium from his home in Vienna. He was eventually arrested and transported to the Gurs Camp in 1940. With the help of the Red Cross he was transferred to Camp de Rivesaltes and released in 1942. Kurt returned to Vienna in 1952 where he remained until his death in 1980.


Yad Vashem, Karl Robert Bodek (1905–1942) and Kurt Conrad Löw (1914–1980): One Spring, Gurs Camp, 1941 [accessed 21 January 2022]

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Holocaust Encyclopedia: Gurs [accessed 21 January 2022]

Depository: Yad Vashem Art Museum, Jerusalem.

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