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Portrait of two bearded men created by a Hungarian Jewish musician in Drancy internment camp

Object | Accession Number: 2012.245.5

Portrait drawing of two bearded men created by Emeric Lazar in January 1943 while imprisoned in Drancy internment camp in Paris, France. Emeric had come to Paris from Budapest in 1928 to study music. He was the house composer at Le Casino de Paris when Nazi Germany invaded France in May 1940. France surrendered in June and Paris became the seat of the German military occupation. Anti-Jewish measures were enacted and, in August, an internment camp for foreign Jews was established in Drancy, a northeastern suburb of Paris. Emeric was imprisoned there on August 21, 1941. The camp became a major transit center for the deportation of Jews. In the summer of 1942, the Germans systematically deported Jews from Drancy to killing centers in Poland. On July 10, 1942, Emeric obtained a copy of his French baptism certificate from the archives of the Archbishop of Paris. He was released from Drancy on February 22, 1943. The camp was staffed by French police until July 1, 1943, when the Germans took control of the camp. Emeric lived in hiding in Paris until the city was liberated by American troops on August 25, 1944. Emeric then worked in an American Red Cross nightclub where he met US Army Lieutenant Hedwiga Ferlin. She came to the club during the day to practice the piano. The couple married on October 20, 1945, and left for New York in August 1946.

Artwork Title
Two Men at a Table, Drancy, January 2, 1943
creation:  1943 January 02
creation: Drancy (Concentration camp); Drancy (France)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the children of Emeric Lazar
Record last modified: 2020-09-15 08:45:28
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