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Sketchbook with make believe drawings by a former hidden child

Object | Accession Number: 2002.420.2

Sketchbook with 6 pages of imaginary drawing and sketches by Charles (Charly) Weingarten, 6, in 1947. Charles was born in 1941 in Italian occupied Nice, France, six months after his mother Margarethe was released from Gurs internment camp. She had fled Nazi Germany for France in the early 1930s. When Germany invaded in May 1940, she was jailed as an enemy alien, then released after the German victory. They lived openly until September 1943, when the Germans occupied southern France after Italy surrendered to the Allies. Margarethe got them false papers as Catholics, and they wore cross pendants (see records 2002.420.23-24.) But they went into hiding because of the danger of deportation. They lived in poverty, in a cellar on the grounds of an estate. Charles was ill with bronchitis and severe malnutrition. Nice was liberated by American troops in August 1944. After the war ended in May 1945, Charles was sent to a children's home in Switzerland to recuperate.

Artwork Title
Child's sketchbook
Date
1947  (creation)
Geography
creation : Nice (France)
Language
French
English
Classification
Art
Category
Children's art
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Charles Albert Weingarten
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Record last modified: 2018-05-16 08:06:30
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