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Autobiographical watercolor by Jacob Barosin

Object | Accession Number: 2010.502.7

Watercolor created by Jacob Barosin based upon his experiences while interned and living in hiding in France from 1940-1944 during the German occupation. Artist's caption: "I did this watercolor on Feb. 16 1943. Intended to finish it the next day. But that day I was arrested and sent to C.C. Gurs."
Jacob and his wife Sonia had lived in France since fleeing Nazi Germany in 1933. German forces invaded France on May 10, 1940, and on May 18, Jacob and Sonia were arrested as enemy aliens. Sonia was sent to Gurs internment camp and Jacob to a French military camp. He was reclassified as a foreign agricultural laborer and found work on a farm in Frojac. Sonia joined him in the fall after her release. On February 17,1943, Jacob was interned in Gurs, and in March, sent to a labor camp in Gignac. When he was given a 2-day travel pass on April 17, he rejoined Sonia in Frojac and they went into hiding with the help of the villagers. When their hiding place was nearly discovered, they decided to get false papers and return to Paris. They were hidden in Paris by Madame Mallet, the Gentile mother-in-law of Jacob's cousin. They remained with her until the liberation of Paris in late August 1944. The couple emigrated to the Unite States in 1947.

Artwork Title
1943 February 16  (creation)
after 1941 November-before 1943 February 16  (depiction)
depiction : Florac (Florac, France)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peter Garik and Katherine Greenblatt
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Record last modified: 2019-02-11 07:01:00
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