Ink drawing of a Paris street scene created by a Jewish refugee in the US
- Artwork Title
- Rue Soufflot avec le Pantheon
creation: United States
- Object Type
Ink drawings (tgm)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lucie Porges
Ink illustration of a busy Parisian intersection created by Peter Paul Porges in 1950. In March 1939, Peter, 12, was sent from Vienna, Austria, to France on a Kindertransport. He lived in Chateau de la Guette, a refugee children's home supported by the Rothschild family. When Germany invaded France in May 1940, the children were evacuated south to La Bourboule. In April 1942, Peter was captured trying to enter illegally into Spain and was imprisoned in Rivesaltes internment camp. He escaped and, in January 1943, was smuggled into Switzerland. In May 1945, he met Lucie Eisenstab while attending art school in Geneva. Lucie, 12, left Vienna in early 1939 and went into hiding with her family in Belgium. When Germany invaded, they fled to Paris and later were sent to a refugee camp in Brens. In September 1942, they paid someone to help them escape to Switzerland. Paul's parents had survived Theresienstadt ghetto/labor camp and emigrated to the US in 1946. Paul left Geneva to join them in 1947. He had planned to rejoin Lucie in Europe but was drafted into the US Army in 1950. In 1951, Lucie arrived in the US and they married three weeks later.
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:17:45
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Also in Lucie Eisenstab Porges family collection
The collection consists of a drawing relating to the experiences of Lucie and Peter Paul Porges after the war and of certificates, a documents, and a photograph relating to the experiences of Lucie Eisenstab, her parents, Eisig and Jetty, and sister Elfie before the Holocaust in Vienna, Austria, and during and after the Holocaust in Geneva, Switzerland.
The papers consist of four certificates from "Bibleschule," one photograph of Lucie Eisenstab (later Lucie Eisenstab Porges) with her parents Eisig and Jetta Eisenstab and sister Elfie in 1938 in Vienna, Austria; one photograph of Lucie with her father in Geneva, Switzerland after World War II; and one identification travel pass ("récépissé") issued to Lucie Eisenstab in 1942.