The following twenty-one Lino cuts are entitled 'My Impressions as Refugee'. They are without doubt Fechenbach's strongest and most important work. They were cut between 1941 and 1946.
The first ten images represent the artists condemnation of the Nazi regime together with its leaders. The last eleven images chronicle events in the artists own experience in England, and his feelings of the injustice of his treatment as an internee.
Originally only five copies of the series were produced of which one copy remains and is displayed here. There is possibly one another original copy in the U.S.A. However one or two artists proofs of some images pulled in 1946 remain.
A set was commissioned in 1962 by Stuttgart Town Council and another edition of 5 was printed.
(Which you can see Hermann printing on the Media Page.)
Ahasver. Hand tinted print, signed and dated 1941.
Der Fuhrer. Signed and dated 1943
Die Luftwaffer Herman Goering. Signed and dated 1943
Propaganda Machine Joseph Goebbels. Signed and dated 1944
Nobel Aryan. Julius Streicher was the editor of Der Sturmer the most vitriolic Nazi Newspaper. Signed and dated 1943
Die Strasse Frei Heinrich Himmler. Signed and dated 1944 "Made the street free for the Nazis”
You also are guilty (1933 Jewish victims). Signed and dated 1942 As early as 1933 Jewish victims were being sent to concentration camps.
1933-1938 (Buy only German). Signed and dated 1943 This image cut in 1943 refers to the anti Jewish Propaganda and atrocities during this period.
The Children Train. Signed and dated 1943. Jewish children being collected in France for deportation while England delays a decision that might have saved them.
The Last of the Struma. Signed and dated 1942 The Struma, a 180 Ton cattle boat, left Constanza on Dec 12 1941 filled with refugee children. It later sank with the loss of all lives.
The Artist. Signed and dated 1942 The artists arrest, while painting a Portrait of a lady in llford.
Police Statioin. Signed and dated 1942 Interrogation of internees at Ealing Police Station.
The First Victory. The first internment camp at a race course near London.
Interned. Signed and dated 1940. The Prisoners were then moved to a more permanent prison in Bury converted from a disused factory.
Lavatory Meeting. Signed and dated 1942
Hinger Strike 1. Signed and dated 1943 Feeling the injustice of their harsh treatment and conditions the artist (Hermann Fechenbach) organises a hunger strike.
Hunger Strike 2. Signed and dated 1943 The artist is steadfast in his hunger strike while a fellow prisoner gives in and accepts food.
Prison Hospital. Signed and dated 1943 As a result of his hunger strike the artist is moved to a prison hospital, Liverpool where conditions are better. He was able to write his first letter to his wife, Greta who was staying with a friend in Blackheath
Das Hotel Der Rechtlosen. Signed and dated 1943 A view of Liverpool prison.
Hutchinson Camp 1941. The internment camp, Douglas, Isle of Man. Here he met Kurt Schwitters amongst many other artists and intellectuals.
Released. Signed and dated 1947