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Double-sided drawing of battle scenes imagined by a hidden child

Object | Accession Number: 2002.420.8

Two-sided colored pencil drawing done by 4 year old Charly Weingarten circa 1944-1945 while living in hiding with his mother. The drawing depicts battle scenes. Charles was born in 1941 in Italian occupied Nice not long after his mother Margarethe's release from Gurs internment camp. She was a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany who had resided primarily in France since the early 1930s. In 1943, the Germans, who had occupied northern France since May 1940, assumed control of much of southern France. Margarethe went into hiding with Charly under assumed identities as Catholics. They lived in poverty on the grounds of an estate and Charly suffered from chronic bronchitis and severe malnutrition. Nice was liberated by American troops in August 1944. After the war ended in May 1945, Charly was sent to a children's home in Switzerland to recuperate.

Artwork Title
Gagnés la France : Battle at Sea
creation:  approximately 1944
creation: Nice (France)
Children's art
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Charles Albert Weingarten
Record last modified: 2023-09-29 08:39:11
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