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Postcard with New Year's wishes and a drawing of a barracks sent from Beaune-la-Rolande transit camp

Object | Accession Number: 2005.61.2

Postcard sent by Menachem Mendel Lichtenstein to his family wishing BONNE ANNÉE 1942 [Happy New Year] with a drawing of his barracks at the Beaune-la-Rolande internment camp in France. Menachem was imprisoned there from 1941-1942. When France declared war on Germany in 1939, Menachem volunteered for the French Army. Demobilized when France surrendered in May 1940, he returned to Paris, where he was arrested on May 14, 1941. He was sent to Beaune-la-Rolande, then to Auschwitz death camp on June 27, 1942, where he was killed. His 10 year old son, Israel, was sheltered through the early war years in the Masgelier children's home in Montmorency; his wife, Shifra, remained in Paris until 1942, when she was interned in several camps. In May 1943, Israel and his mother were reunited at the home of his paternal grandfather in southern France. They obtained false papers and stayed there until liberation in 1944, when they returned to Paris.

Artwork Title
Bonne Annee 1942 from Beaune-la-Rolande
creation:  1942 January
creation: Beaune-la-Rolande (Concentration camp); Beaune-la-Rolande (France)
Information Forms
Greeting cards
Object Type
New Year cards (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Israel Lichtenstein
Record last modified: 2021-03-08 16:25:43
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