NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP).-
A collection of rarely seen portraits of Jewish prisoners forced to work for the Nazis in a money-forging scheme fictionalized in the Oscar-winning film "The Counterfeiters" is being donated to Israel's Holocaust museum
Heirs of the artist who created the 43 portraits formally hand over the works to Yad Vashem (yahd VAH'-shehm) at a ceremony Thursday in New York City.
The portraits are by Felix Cytrin (ceeh-TRIN'), a Jewish engraver forced by the Nazis to help produce fake British pounds in a plot to destroy England's economy.
The portraits were created while Cytrin was imprisoned at a German concentration camp. They have been in his family's hands for decades.
The works will be integrated into Yad Vashem's art collection. Some will be exhibited in Jerusalem in December.
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