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Aquarelle of a gated internment camp path by a Russian Jewish inmate

Object | Accession Number: 2003.462.1 a-b

Aquarelle created by Jacques Gotko in 1942 of a gate and barracks at Compiegne internment camp in France where he was a prisoner from July 1941- July 1943. Germany invaded France in May 1940. After the June armistice, the Germans occupied the north and western regions. In 1941, the Germans began rounding up Jewish residents who were not born in France. Gotko, a painter and native of Russia, was arrested in Paris as a foreign born Jew in July 1941 and interned in Compiegne. He drew scenes of the camp and the daily activities of the inmates. In 1942, the Germans began to systematically deport foreign born Jews to concentration camps in the east. Gotko was transferred to Drancy transit camp in Paris. On July 31, 1943, he was sent to Auschwitz where he died of typhus shortly after his arrival.

Artwork Title
Front Stalag 122, Compiegne, 1942
Date
1942  (creation)
1942  (depiction)
Geography
creation : Compiegne (Concentration camp); Compiegne (France)
depiction : Compiegne (Concentration camp); Compiegne (France)
Language
English
Classification
Art
Category
Paintings
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:56
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