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Karel Svenk (Composer)

Born: 17th March 1917, Prague, Czechia

Died: 1st April 1945, Perg District, Austria

Nationality: Czech

Karel Švenk, sometimes referred to in German as Karl Schwenk was a Czech cabaret artist, comedian, songwriter and writer. A leading figure in the cabaret at the Theresienstadt concentration camp, a "show" concentration camp for artists, Svenk was eventually sent to Auschwitz and later to Meuselwitz. He died on a death march from Kraslice about two weeks before the end of the war. Being completely exhausted and unable to continue, his friend hid him in the straw in the barn where the prisoners spent the night. It is unknown whether he died of exhaustion or was discovered by the SS and shot.

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