WWII portraits of Jewish 'counterfeiters' donated
POSTED: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 6:17pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 9:28pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A collection of rarely seen portraits of Jewish prisoners forced to work for the Nazis in a money-forging scheme fictionalized in the Oscar-winning film "The Counterfeiters" is being donated to Israel's Holocaust museum.
Heirs of the artist who created the 43 portraits formally hand over the works to Yad Vashem (yahd VAH'-shehm) at a ceremony Thursday in New York City.
The portraits are by Felix Cytrin (ceeh-TRIN'), a Jewish engraver forced by the Nazis to help produce fake British pounds in a plot to destroy England's economy.
The portraits were created while Cytrin was imprisoned at a German concentration camp.
They have been in his family's hands for decades.
The works will be integrated into Yad Vashem's art collection.
Some will be exhibited in Jerusalem in December.