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Double-sided painting created by a hidden child

Object | Accession Number: 2002.420.19

Two-sided painting done by 4 year old Charly Weingarten circa 1944-1945 while living in hiding with his mother. 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
Tugboat
Date
approximately 1944  (creation)
Geography
creation : Nice (France)
Language
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: 2018-01-11 14:23:03
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