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Two-sided watercolor of country road and orchard by a French Jewish boy in hiding

Object | Accession Number: 2001.328.9

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. The front depicts a road leading to La Renouardiere near Madame Prim's home where Simon lived in hiding. The well where they fetched water is on the right. On the reverse is a rough sketch of 2 uniformed men. 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 1000s 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 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
Country Lane Outside Madame Prim's home
creation:  1943-1944
creation:  1943-1944
creation: in hiding; Normandy (France)
depiction: La Renouardiere (France)
Children's art
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Simon Jeruchim
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:15:15
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