Jakob Gorfinkel's portrait of Bergen Belsen concentration camp. Courtesy of Jakob Gorfinkel's family

Jakob Garfinkel Survived Auschwitz by Painting Portraits of Nazi Commanders

The flattering pictures of Nazi officers were what kept him alive. Art saved his life during the war, and afterwards, too

Jakob Garfinkel would never speak about what he went through during the years he was at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp – about how his skills as an artist, admired by the Nazis, helped him survive even as...

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