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Etching of a sad young boy in an internment camp created postwar by a Swiss Aid nurse/rescuer

Object | Accession Number: 2006.464.2

Sepia ink etched print of a melancholy young boy created by Friedel Bohny-Reiter circa 1989. It is based upon memories of the Rivesaltes internment camp in France where she worked from 1941-1942 as a nurse for Secours Suisse aux Enfants [Swiss Aid to Children]. She gave the drawing to Margot Schwarzschild Wicki who as a 10 year old child was interned in the camp. In 1940, Margot, her parents, Richard and Luisi, and Hannelore, 11, were deported to Gurs prison camp from Kaiserlautern, Germany. They were transferred to Rivesaltes and, in 1942, placed on a list of Jews to be deported to concentration camps in Poland. Friedel helped get them released. Luisi had saved a photo of her Catholic communion and she used it to prove that she was not Jewish. Men and women were housed apart and Richard was deported on September 4 to Auschwitz and killed. Later that month, Friedel had Margot and her sister placed in a children’s home in Pringy and found a job for Luisi in another Secours Suisse home. After the war ended in May 1945, Luisi and her daughters moved to Switzerland. Friedel and her husband, Alfred Bohny, were honored as Righteous among Nations by Yad Vashem for their work in rescuing hundreds of mostly Jewish children from deportation to concentration camps.

Artwork Title
Despair
Date
1942  (depiction)
before 1989  (creation)
Geography
depiction : Rivesaltes (Concentration camp); Rivesaltes (France)
Language
English
Classification
Art
Category
Prints
Object Type
Etching (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Margot Schwarzschild Wicki
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:24:21
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