Leopoldo Méndez

Leopoldo Méndez
Mexican, 1902-1969
Deportation to Death (Death Train), 1942
Linocut, 22 3/8 x 28 ½ in. (56.83xx60.96 cm)
Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ackland Fund

In Deportation to Death (Death Train), Leopoldo Méndez illustrates the harsh reality of the Holocaust.  Created in 1942, during the height of the Nazi deportations, Méndez created the prints to raise awareness of the shocking extermination of individuals as well as entire families.  Here he depicts seemingly endless rows of boxcars full of people being shipped off, like cargo, to concentration camps. The use of stark contrast and the fearful expressions on the faces of those aboard the train present the pain and suffering these families experienced throughout the holocaust.

~Courtney White

An extended look at Leopoldo Méndez Deportation to Death by Courtney White