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Small suitcase used by a former hidden child to emigrate to the US

Object | Accession Number: 2001.309.1

Childsize suitcase used by 12 year old Michel Jeruchim when he and his siblings emigrated to the United States in October 1949. Among the items he carried in it was, Les Aventures de Jambo, an illustrated book created for him by his brother Simon. Nazi Germany occupied France in June 1940. Michel, then age 3, his parents, Samuel and Sonia, and his siblings, 14 year old Alice, and 10 year old Simon, remained in the Paris suburbs. In July 1942, Sonia heard of the Vel d'Hiv roundup, where thousands of Jews were to be arrested. Samuel and Sonia arranged with the Bonneaus, members of the underground, to hide the children separately in Normandy. Michel lived with the LeClare family. They changed his name to theirs, and treated him as their own. He attended church and public school. The siblings eventually were reunited after the war ended in May 1945. They lived for a while with a maternal uncle, but due to lack of money and space, were sent to various children's homes. They eventually learned that their parents had been deported in fall 1942 to Auschwitz and murdered.

use:  1949 October
received: Paris (France)
Object Type
Suitcases (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Michel Jeruchim
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:15:12
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