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Watercolor greeting card of his barracks at Beaune-la-Rolande created by a camp inmate

Object | Accession Number: 2005.602.4

New Year’s greeting card created by 27 year old Max Feld of the barracks where he lived while imprisoned at Beaune-la-Rolande internment camp in France from 1941-1942. Max made the card for his wife, Raisa, and their daughter, Esther, and it includes a handwritten message wishing them “a happy and healthy year.” After Paris was occupied by Germany in May 1940, foreign Jews were in danger of arrest and imprisonment. Max and his wife, Raisa, both deaf, were Jewish refugees from Germany and Poland. In May 1941, Max was arrested and, in July 1942, deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Raisa went into hiding with their 1.5 year old Esther, her sister, and her mother in the countryside outside Paris. They returned to Paris several months after it was liberated by Allied Forces on August 15, 1944. Max was reported as missing. Several years later, Raisa learned that Max had been killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau in September 1942.

Artwork Title
Bonne Annee 1942 [Happy New Year 1942]
creation:  1942 January 01
creation: Beaune-la-Rolande (Concentration camp); Beaune-la-Rolande (France)
Information Forms
Greeting cards
Object Type
New Year cards (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Esther Feld Weisel
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:08:33
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