Ink line drawing of a barricade defended by Communist resistance fighters by a French Jewish youth
- Artwork Title
- La Barricade de Belleville
1944 August 23
approximately 1944 (creation)
Belleville (Paris, France)
creation : Belleville (Paris, France)
- Object Type
Ink drawings (tgm)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Ink line drawing created by 13 year old Francois Szulman about 1944 depicting a scene he witnessed in his Parisian neighborhood on the eve of liberation, August 23, 1944. It is an image of an armed group of young men with FTP armbands for the Communist resistance movement firing a machine gun and rifles over a large sandbag barricade. Belleville was a working class suburb with a large Jewish and immigrant population. During the occupation of France by Nazi Germany that began in June 1940, the Germans sought to remove all Jews from Paris. Francois and his mother were arrested in July 1942 during the Vel d'Hiv roundups, but released because his father was a prisoner of war. They went into hiding, but his mother died in December 1943 because she could not get medical care. Paris was liberated by US troops on August 25, 1944.
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Also in Francois Szulman collection
The collection consists of an ink drawing, La Barricade De Belleville, created by Francois Szulman and a 1988 book about the artist.
Book about the work of the artist Francois Szulman published in France in 1988. Francois live with hs mother in the working class arrondisement of Belleville in Paris. Germany invaded France in May 1940, and in June, Fracee capitulated. By 1942, theGermans sought to remove all Jews from Paris. Francois, age 11, and his mother were arrested in July that year during the Vel d'Hiv roundups, but released because his father, a French soldier, was a prisoner of war. They went into hiding, but his mother died in December 1943 because she could not get medical care. Paris was liberated by US troops on August 25, 1944. Francois was able to return to school, and develop his gift for drawing.