Oil on Canvas 1933
is one of the artist's happier works. Nussbaum enjoyed a
successful career in Berlin, that is, until Germany was
plunged into the darkness of Nazi terror.
was a German Jew, and as such, a target for the monsters
who came to rule Germany. His art documented the madness
that enveloped his country, and his collected works now
form a major body of work about the Jews during the Holocaust.
to escape persecution, the artist fled Berlin in 1937 and
settled in Brussels. In 1940, after the Nazis attacked Brussels,
the authorities branded the German artist an "enemy
alien" and had him sent to a detainment camp in France,
but luckily he escaped after six months.
artist went into hiding in Brussels,
but was arrested just prior to its liberation - from there
he was sent to Auschwitz where the fascists murdered
him. He was 40 years old. Today there
is a museum dedicated to Felix Nussbaum located in Osnabrück,
Germany. The Felix
Nussbaum Building is a
wing of the
Osnabrück Museum of Cultural
History where a glorious collection
of over 170 of the artist's paintings and graphic works
are housed. View Selbstbildnis
mit Judenpaß (Self-Portrait with Jewish Pass),
to see the unhappy side of Nussbaum's life.