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Boris Kobe (1905-81) was a Slovenian architect and painter who became a political prisoner in the concentration camp of Allach, a sub-camp of Dachau, near Munich, Germany.

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These images are from reproductions of the original cards.

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The cards made in Allach by Kobe most probably after the April 1945 liberation by American forces.  Card XXI  depicts liberation, the Slovenian flag,and a tombstone-like image marked Allach in flames.

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As a whole, the cards represent a visual summary of life in a concentration camp, the main vehicle of which consists of Kobe’s tragic and humiliating sequences spiced with acrid humor.

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Allach, a sub-camp of Dachau, was ten miles from the main camp and was liberated on April 22, 1945 by American forces, 42nd Rainbow Division.

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After the war, Kobe did no more work as far as is known about his camp experiences. He was, however, a major Slovenian architect. One of his projects was the restoration of the Ljubljana Castle with famed architect Jože Plečnik.

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There is no occult meaning in these cards. They should be read as a dramatic visual memoir of the horrible life of the Nazi concentration camps, as well as images of some people who had positions of power as KAPOs in the camp (prisoners who supervised other prisoners).

 

The original set of cards are in the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia.Boris Kobe Tarock Card Game Tarot Cards 8

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  1. A. Dillard

    These tarock cards are priceless. Well done to the curator and of course to Boris Kobe.

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