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Pencil sketch of a group of five men drawn by Ossip Lubitch in Drancy internment camp

Object | Accession Number: 2004.386.27

Pencil drawing of four men at a table being watched by a fifth created by Ossip Lubitch while he was imprisoned from July-August 1944 in Drancy internment camp. He dug ditches during the day and sketched scenes of camp life in the barracks after work. Ossip was a professional artist, originally from Russia, who had moved to Paris in the early 1920s. The city was occupied by Nazi Germany after the June 1940 French-German armistice. Jews were ordered to register with the police, but Ossip did not comply. In July 1944, he was denounced by his neighbors as a friend to Jews. He was arrested, and sent to Drancy. One day in August, the German guards fled because Allied forces were in the region. Ossip walked back to Paris which was liberated by US troops on August 25.

Artwork Title
Five men around table
creation:  1944 July-1944 August
creation: Drancy (Concentration camp); Drancy (France)
depiction: Drancy (Concentration camp); Drancy (France)
Object Type
Pencil drawing (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2019-12-05 20:51:36
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