Butter & Democracy!

Museum Work

Resource TypeStill Images
Date of Creation1941
GenreArts & Culture
Object ID2012.009.008
CreatorGerry Waldston
Place of CreationUnknown Canadian internment camp
DescriptionSketch depicts internees carefully dividing a stick of butter into equal portions. Three-holes punched along the top edge. 
Materials/Techniquesink on paper
Measurements20.23 cm x 27.94 cm
ProvenanceGifted to the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in 2012 by Gerry Waldston
Legal Statuspermanent collection
Credit LineCourtesy of Gerry Waldston
NoteThe image comments on the democratic nature of the internees' decisions, which ranged from electing leadership to allocating food. According to Waldston, "Our camps, like mini countries, mini citites, were run on a democratic basis."