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Cartoon of a chaotic train station created soon after the war by a former hidden child

Object | Accession Number: 2004.24.1

Cartoon created by Simon Jeruchim, 16, in Paris soon after the war ended in May 1945. He drew it for his brother Michel, 8, who was still in Normandy with the Leclerc family that hid him during the war. Simon had joined the Boy Scouts and he wanted to show his brother the mad scene at the Montparnasse railroad station in Paris after the troop returned from a camping trip. Transportation was not yet back to normal in Paris, so trains were often ridiculously overcrowded. Simon lived in hiding in Normandy from June 1942. He returned to Paris to live with family friends, the Bonneaus, once it was liberated in August 1944. Germany occupied France in June 1940, but Simon, parents, Samuel and Sonia, and siblings, Alice,14, and Michel, remained near Paris until summer 1942. In July, Sonia heard of the Vel d'Hiv roundup, when thousands of Jews were arrested. The family hid with their gentile housekeeper and then arranged for the Bonneaus to hide the children separately in Normandy. Simon often posed as a Catholic and moved to different homes. The siblings were reunited after May 1945. Their parents were deported in fall 1942 to Auschwitz and murdered. They lived with a maternal uncle, but due to lack of money and space, were sent together to a children's home. The siblings emigrated to the United States in 1949.

Artwork Title
Retour des vacances a la gare Montparnasse, May 1945
Alternate Title
Returning from a Camping Trip with My Boy Scout Troop, May 1945
creation:  1945 May
depiction:  1945 May
depiction: Montparnasse train station; Paris (France)
creation: Montreuil (France)
Children's art
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Simon Jeruchim
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:17:16
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