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Drawing of flowers within a letter by a young Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 1996.31.2

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    Brief Narrative
    Drawing with letter on reverse created by a young Jewish refugee deported from an OSE-affiliated children's home in Izieu, France.
    Artwork Title
    Pour Maman
    approximately 1943-1944
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Alfred Ament
    reverse, lower center, pen : Jeannot
    Artist: Hans Ament
    Hans Ament was the son of Max Ament, born June 28, 1895, in Sanok, Poland, and Ernestina Reisz Ament, born September 29, 1902, in Budapest. The family left Austria for Belgium in 1939, planning to emigrate to America. A U.S. visa was issued to Hans on March 22, 1940, in Antwerp, but before he was able to leave, the Germans invaded Belgium and his family was forced to flee instead to France. Max Ament was deported on March 4, 1943, in convoy number fifty from Drancy, and was murdered at either Sobibor or Maidanek. On March 23, 1943, Ernestina Ament entered the sanatorium L'Esperance in Hauteville, several dozen kilometers from the home at Izieu, suffering from tuberculosis; she died on August 7, 1944. Hans Ament was deported on May 30, 1944, in convoy number seventy-five. His brother, Alfred, older by six years, was smuggled by OSE into Switzerland. He lives today in the United States.

    Physical Details

    Children's art
    Physical Description
    Image of a table with a flower vase on graph paper with letter on verso.
    overall: Height: 6.690 inches (16.993 cm) | Width: 8.860 inches (22.504 cm)
    overall : paper, wax crayon, ink, pastels
    Recto: "Pour Maman" written twice in pen and crayon; verso: letter written in pen with additional note in upper right corner in pen ["Dear Mommy, Thanks for your letter, I was happy to get it. I haven't written you because I didn't have any paper, but a boy gave me some. It's hardly snowing here anymore. Are you almost better, and if you're all right over there. I'm eating well, and I'm in good health Is it cold where you are and write me if it's snowing. When there was a lot of snow here we went tobogganing on the slopes. We had a real good time. Write Freddy that he shouldn't write me in German. There's a nice dog at the home we call Sami. The school is in the house and there's a special teacher for the school. She does a good job teaching us. Next to the house there's a farm with four dogs. 100,000,000 big kisses from your son Jeannot who is always thinking of you./ Jeannot/ See over"

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    Administrative Notes

    The drawing was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1996 by Alfred Ament.
    Record last modified:
    2023-05-31 07:05:03
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