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 Franz Ehrlich  (1907 - 1984)

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Franz Ehrlich grew up in Leipzig and studied, following a precedent apprenticeship as a machine fitter, at the Bauhaus in Dessau, where he first completed a certification exam as a carpenter and later worked for Walter Gropius, from 1927 to 1930.  Due to his communist disposition, he was charged with “preparation of high treason” by the Nazis and incarcerated in Zwickau prison and later in the concentration camp Buchenwald.  The fact that he designed the front gate inscription, “JEDEM DAS SEINE” [to each their own, or figuratively: everyone gets what they deserve], in Buchenwald, is acrimonious without parallel. 

Between 1943 and 1945, he was a soldier in the Wehrmacht punishment unit 999 in Greece, and subsequently became a prisoner of war.  In 1946, Ehrlich was able to return to Germany and became head of the department of reconstruction in Dresden.  He was involved in many significant constructions in the post-war era and is held in esteem for being one of the few artists in the GDR who were able to preserve at least some autonomy in their use of forms.

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