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Colorful watercolor of the house where the painter lived as a hidden child

Object | Accession Number: 2006.170.2

Watercolor created by Alfred Moritz in 1994 of the house where he and his family lived in hiding in Ste. Lizaigne, France, from May-September 1940. In May 1940, the Moritz family fled Becherbach, Germany, for France. Alfred, age 10, his brother, Ernst, age 8, and their mother, Klara, were hidden in and near Sainte Lizaigne by Helene and Marthe Forestier for nearly 2 years. When his father, Ludwig, joined them in September after his release from an internment camp, the family could no longer stay in the house in Ste. Lizaigne. They lived in a nearby village until 1942, when the Vichy authorities began to deport Jewish refugees to concentration camps. Alfred and his brother were separated from their parents and hidden by OSE (Ouevre des Secours Enfants) in an orphanage. Then, as the blue-eyed, blond haired brothers were fluent in French, they were placed on a primitive farm in southern France. Their parents found refuge in a private insane asylum near Toulouse. Germany surrendered in France on August 2, 1944, and by the end of the year, the family was reunited.

Artwork Title
Sainte Lizaigne (Indre), France
Date
1994-2000  (creation)
1940 May-1940 September  (depiction)
Geography
depiction : hiding place; Sainte-Lizaigne (France)
Language
French
Classification
Art
Category
Paintings
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Alfred Moritz
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:24:22
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