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Ink drawing of a Paris street scene created by a Jewish refugee in the US

Object | Accession Number: 2004.649.2

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.

Artwork Title
Rue Soufflot avec le Pantheon
creation:  1950
depiction: Rue Soufflot; Paris (France)
creation: United States
Object Type
Ink drawings (tgm)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lucie Porges
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:17:45
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