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Brown leather coin purse with gold monogram used by a hidden child

Object | Accession Number: 2001.328.2

Coin pouch used by Simon Jeruchim, a hidden child in Normandy, France. His initials SJ are painted on the front. Germany occupied France in June 1940. Simon, age 11, his parents, Samuel and Sonia, and his siblings, Alice, age 14, and Michel, age 5, remained in the Paris suburbs 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, members of the underground, to hide the children in Normandy. Simon often posed as a Catholic and worked as a farmhand, moving often. After the area was liberated on August 6, 1944, Simon returned to Paris and lived with the Bonneaus; his siblings returned after the war ended in May 1945. Their parents had been deported in fall 1942 to Auschwitz and murdered. Simon, Alice, and Michel emigrated to the United States in 1949.

Date
approximately 1944  (use)
Geography
use : France
Classification
Dress Accessories
Object Type
Coin purses (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Simon Jeruchim
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:21:53
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