Front cover of Laufen memorial book. Caricatures of British Camp Senior Ambrose Sherwill and American Camp Senior Herbert Gompertz by Max Brandel.

The Caricaturist

Hundreds of civilians were arrested and sent to an internment camp in Bavaria, Germany during World War II. My father was one of them.

The Bavarian towns of Laufen and Tittmoning were located in Wehrkreis (Military District) VII. (Reichsarchiv: Wehrkreise des Deutschen Reiches 1939.)
Castle of Tittmoning , October 12, 1942. (Copyright: International Committee of the Red Cross, Reference number 02295–21: “War 1939–1945. Tittmoning. Ilag, Prisoners of war camp. Global view of the castle.”)
Castle of Tittmoning, October 12, 1942. Internee sleeping quarters. (Copyright International Committee of the Red Cross, Reference number 01628–13: “War 1939–1945. Tittmoning. Ilag, prisoners of war camp. Dormitory.”)
Drawing by Laufen internee Henry Barnett of the camp “canteen.”
American internees, Laufen courtyard, July 4, 1944. The internees obtained permission to mark Independence Day with a ceremony, an art exhibition, speeches, and music. (Copyright International Committee of the Red Cross, Reference number 01840–32: “War 1939–1945. Laufen. Ilag VIIH, prisoners of war camp. American national day.”)
Support from the YMCA enabled the internees to produce plays.
Caricature of Freddy Johnson by Max Brandel. Gift of Jerome and Carolyn Mahrer, Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.
Caricature of Johnny Mitchell by Max Brandel. “Squeeze box man” alludes to the accordion lessons Mitchell gave Jerry Mahrer. Gift of Jerome and Carolyn Mahrer, Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.
Caricature of Reginald (Kemal Abdel Rahman) Berry by Max Brandel. Gift of Jerome and Carolyn Mahrer, Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.
Caricature of Jack Taylor by Max Brandel. Gift of Jerome and Carolyn Mahrer, Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.
Caricature of Oscar Lee Mathis by Max Brandel. Gift of Jerome and Carolyn Mahrer, Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.
Caricature of Willliam Walker by Max Brandel. “The choclat drope that me” most likely alludes to the line “Oh chocolate drop, that’s me” in the jazz song “Shine.” Gift of Jerome and Carolyn Mahrer, Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.
The Pecans, undated photo. Courtesy of Victoria Young Junior.

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