Colorful watercolor of the house where the painter lived as a hidden child
- Artwork Title
- Sainte Lizaigne (Indre), France
1940 May-1940 September (depiction)
- Object Type
Watercolor painting (lcsh)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Alfred Moritz
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.
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Also in Alfred Moritz collection
The collection consists of artifacts, documents, and photographs relating to the experiences of Alfred Moritz and his family in Germany and while living in hiding in France before, during, and after the Holocaust.
Entrance passes to Luxembourg for Ludwig David Israel Moritz (issued January 16, 1939) and Klara Sara Moritz (issued March 30, 1939). One travel pass for father, issued January 12, 1935. Group of 14 photographs of Alfred [donor] and his family (pre-war and wartime images included). Alfred was in the OSE children's home of Masgelier from September 1942 until April 1943 after which he was in hiding in the Ardeche area of France until the liberation. Both his parents survived the war and were reunited eventually.