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Watercolor of Rivesaltes internment camp created postwar by a nurse/rescuer who worked there

Object | Accession Number: 2006.154.1

Watercolor created by Friedel Bohny-Reiter in 1994 depicting the Rivesaltes internment camp in France where she worked for Suisse Secours aux Enfants [Swiss Aid to Children] as a nurse in 1941-1942. The Vichy regime, which governed unoccupied France, interned thousands of refugees in detention camps. By spring 1942, Rivesaltes was a central transit point for the frequent deportations of Jews to killing centers. Friedel dedicated herself to finding safe havens for children to save them from deportation. She placed many in orphanages operated by Secours Suisse and in 1943, was appointed co-director of a children’s home with her future husband, August Bohny. In 1990, they were recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem.

Artwork Title
View of Rivesaltes
creation:  1994
depiction:  1942
depiction: Rivesaltes (Concentration camp); Rivesaltes (France)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of August Bohny
Record last modified: 2023-06-02 08:17:26
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