WWII portraits of Jewish 'counterfeiters' donated

POSTED: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 5:17pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 8:28pm

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.


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Maybe Bernanke can set-up an exhibit next to this one displaying the United States dollar.

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