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Autobiographical 2-sided colored drawing of a house and a nun by a French Jewish boy in hiding

Object | Accession Number: 2001.328.3

Small double-sided drawing done by Simon Jeruchim while a hidden child in Normandy, France. He began painting after a schoolteacher, Mr. Crochet, gave him a painting kit in 1943. On one side is an image of a home where he hid in the attic with three windows as shown in La Renouardiere; on the other, a nun Simon interacted with often in a local hospital. She stands in front of the home the Souers de Charlie home. Simon was fascinated by the stained glassed windows and gilded statues in the Catholic churches and would sneak inside to sketch. (See 2001.328.5) 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.

Artwork Title
La Renouardiere (front)
Soeur de Davigny le Vieux (reverse)
Date
1943-1944  (creation)
Geography
creation : in hiding; Normandy (France)
depiction : Normandy (France)
Language
French
Classification
Art
Category
Children's art
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Simon Jeruchim
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