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Buchenwald slogan

At the end of 1937, Franz Ehrlich, a prisoner of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp and Bauhaus architect, was forced to design the plans for the site and living quarters of SS officers. For the slogan “Jedem das Seine” (To Each His Own) above the main gate of the concentration camp he chose a lettering which resembled the Bauhaus style the Nazis had banished as “degenerate art”. Ehrlich, who was imprisoned in 1934 because he was a communist, set a quiet example for self-assertion and resistance. He was released in October 1939. After the war he worked as an architect in the former GDR. His signed personal property card from Buchenwald Concentration Camp shows an itemized list of his clothes on the transfer from prison.

(1.1.5.3/5810866, ITS Digital Archive, Bad Arolsen)