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New York - WWII Portraits of Jewish 'Counterfeiters' Donated

Published on: September 1, 2011 03:50 PM
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This portrait of German concentration camp prisoner Hans Kurzweil by Jewish engraver Felix Cytrin is on display at the American Society for Yad Vashem, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, in New York, after a collection of 43 portraits by Cytrin were donated to the Israeli Holocaust remembrance museum by Cytrin heirs in a ceremony. The portrait is part of collection of portraits of Jewish prisoners given the dubious choice of forging fake money for the Nazis or almost certain death, famously fictionalized in the Oscar-winning film "The Counterfeiters". (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)This portrait of German concentration camp prisoner Hans Kurzweil by Jewish engraver Felix Cytrin is on display at the American Society for Yad Vashem, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, in New York, after a collection of 43 portraits by Cytrin were donated to the Israeli Holocaust remembrance museum by Cytrin heirs in a ceremony. The portrait is part of collection of portraits of Jewish prisoners given the dubious choice of forging fake money for the Nazis or almost certain death, famously fictionalized in the Oscar-winning film "The Counterfeiters". (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York - A collection of rarely seen portraits of Jewish prisoners forced to work for the Nazis in a money-forging scheme fictionalized in the Oscar-winning film “The Counterfeiters” is being donated to Israel’s Holocaust museum.

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Heirs of the artist who created the 43 portraits formally hand over the works to Yad Vashem (yahd VAH’-shehm) at a ceremony Thursday in New York City.

The portraits are by Felix Cytrin (ceeh-TRIN’), a Jewish engraver forced by the Nazis to help produce fake British pounds in a plot to destroy England’s economy.

The portraits were created while Cytrin was imprisoned at a German concentration camp. They have been in his family’s hands for decades.

The works will be integrated into Yad Vashem’s art collection. Some will be exhibited in Jerusalem in December.



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