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Two-sided drawing with 3 images: a restaurant, Boy Scouts, and a farmer by a Jewish boy in hiding

Object | Accession Number: 2001.328.10

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. Three scenes are depicted. The front has two drawings: at the top is the first still life that Simon ever drew. It is a close-up of a fruit bowl with a cafe scene in the background; below this is an imagined camp scene with Boy Scouts. Simon had long wanted to be a Boy Scout and joined a troop in Paris after liberation. On the reverse is an image of the neighboring farmer cutting wheat. 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. 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
Fruit Bowl / Boy Scouts Camping (front)
Pere Geslin Harvesting Wheat (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 09:15:15
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