Saturday, July 29, 2017

Pencil sketch of an anti Nazi by dr K Prabhakar Rao


He was a sculptor and a communist and was married to Elizabeth schumacher. He was awarded a medal for his artwork twins in thirties by German Academy of arts. He also was an active anti Nazi resistance member.In 1939, Schumacher helped an escapee from Aschendorf-Moor Prison, Rudolf Bergtel, flee to Switzerland. In 1941, he was drafted to serve in the Wehrmacht, where, risking great danger, he published a leaflet called "Open Letter to the Eastern Front," in 1942. He also gave shelter to a parachute agent, Albert Hössler, who arrived from Moscow in early August 1942. 

In protest of the National Socialist attack on Gies, Schumacher resigned his privileged position as master student. (The designation meant he had his "own" atelier – albeit shared – with Fritz Cremer.)
During Schumacher's arrest on September 12, 1942, the Gestapo destroyed his studio in Berlin, including a large amount of his artwork. Surviving works by Schumacher include two medalions he designed on the Schleusenbrücke (bridge) in Berlin a basalt head and a printing block for the illustration, "Dance of the Dead" (Totentanz) at the German Historical Museum (Deutsche Historische Museum).
There is a 1941 painting by Carl Baumann called "Rote Kapelle Berlin" at the Academy of the Arts (Akademie der Künste), where Schumacher's Resistance group often met He was arrested by Gestapo, tried by the court and was sentenced to death on 19 dec 1942 and executed 45 before his wife was executed on 22 Dec 1942..

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