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Poem entitled 'Barbed Lyric'

Date made: 1940-1941

Description: A stencil printed poem entitled 'Barbed Lyric' by Klaus E. Hinrichsen and an illustration of a barbed wire man by Erich Kahn, which satirises life behind barbed wire.

Collected by Dr Klaus E. Hinrichsen (1912-2004) during his time as an internee in Hutchinson Camp. Hinrichsen was a young art historian who had fled to Britain in the 1930s to avoid Nazi persecution, and found himself interned with some of the leading German refugee artists of the day. He appreciated and recognised the significance of the material being produced in Hutchinson Camp, and began to collect and exhibit pieces within the camp. The resulting collection contains examples of the camps leading artists such as Erich Kahn, Hermann Fechenbach, Helmut Weissenborn, Bruno Ahrends, Fritz Kraemer and Paul Henning.

Erich Kahn (1904-1979) was a German Expressionist artist. He was born in Stuttgart and lived in Germany until, persecuted by the Nazi regime, he found himself imprisoned at the Welzheim concentration camp. After taking refuge in England, he was interned at Hutchinson Camp. He died in London at the age of 75. Much of Kahn's work has been lost. He belonged to what came to be known as the "Forgotten Generation" of German Jewish Expressionism-influenced artists born at the beginning of the 20th century, whose careers were hindered by the ascension of Nazism.

Materials: paper

Object name: print

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 1996-0070/4



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