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Autobiographical watercolor painted by a German Jewish refugee.

Object | Accession Number: 2010.502.3

Painting depicting a rural cabin near Florac, a town in France where Jacob and Sonia Barosin hid between November 1942 and April 1943. In June 1933, Jacob and Sonia Barosin (previously Judey) immigrated illegally to Paris, France, in order to escape the anti-Jewish laws passed following the appointment of Adolf Hitler as chancellor of Germany in January. Jacob voluntarily enlisted in the French military following the 1939 German invasion of Poland. In May 1940, Germany invaded France, Jacob and Sonia were arrested as enemy aliens, and Sonia was transported to Gurs internment camp. On June 2, Jacob was transported to Langlade, to serve as a prestataire. Sonia was released from Gurs and travelled to Nice. On May 15, 1941, Jacob was released and moved to Lunel, where Sonia joined him in April 1942. In mid-October, Jacob was sent to Agde internment camp. A friend of his father worked in the camp office and arranged for him to return to Lunel. German forces occupied Lunel in November, so Jacob and Sonia fled to Florac. On February 17, 1943, Jacob was arrested and transported to Gurs, and then sent to a labor camp in Gignac on March 21. Jacob returned to Florac on April 17, and teacher Simone Serriere hid Jacob and Sonia in her schoolhouse in Montmejean. After they were discovered by townspeople, Sonia’s cousins, Boris and Paulette, brought them forged identity papers, and they all returned to Paris in September. Jacob and Sonia were given refuge by Paulette’s mother, until Paris was liberated in late August 1944. The majority of Jacob’s family survived, though his Latvian relatives and his sister, Sina Ida, were murdered during the Holocaust.

Artwork Title
Petite maisonette dans la vigne
Alternate Title
Small house in the vineyard
Date
depiction:  1942 November-1943 April
Geography
depiction: Florac (Florac, France)
Language
English
French
Classification
Art
Category
Paintings
Genre/Form
Watercolors.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peter Garik and Katherine Greenblatt
 
Record last modified: 2022-02-07 10:54:59
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