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Two-sided colored drawings of a young boy, a river, and animals by a French Jewish boy while in hiding

Object | Accession Number: 2001.328.4

Small double-sided watercolor drawings done by Simon Jeruchim while a hidden child in Normandy, France. He began painting after a schoolteacher gave him a painting kit in 1943. There are 2 scenes on each side: on the front are imaginary scenes: on top, four wild animals; below, robbers at night pursued by a police car; on the reverse is a portrait of another hidden child from Paris; the adjacent image is a view of a winding river near the village. 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
Landscape with Wild Animals / Cops and Robbers (front)
Portrait of Rene Bercowicz / River Scene (reverse)
creation:  1943-1944
creation: in hiding; Normandy (France)
Children's art
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Simon Jeruchim
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:15:14
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