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Ink line drawing of a barricade defended by Communist resistance fighters by a French Jewish youth

Object | Accession Number: 2004.710.1

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.

Artwork Title
La Barricade de Belleville
depiction:  1944 August 23
creation:  approximately 1944
depiction: Belleville (Paris, France)
creation: Belleville (Paris, France)
Object Type
Ink drawings (tgm)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:56:37
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