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Colored pencil drawing made postwar by a former hidden child in memory of his sisters' death and cremation at Auschwitz

Object | Accession Number: 2006.228.1

Drawing created by Henri Bomblat, circa 2000, in memory of his sisters, Sarah and Rosette, who were killed at Auschwitz concentration camp. It depicts a crematorium with smokestacks with portraits of 2 young women. Above is a large closed eye inscribed with excerpts from the Kaddish. Sarah, age 22, was arrested in Paris on July 16, 1942, and deported to Auschwitz on September 23, 1942, where she was killed. Rosette, age 18, was arrested in Paris in 1943 with her colleagues in Colonie Scolaire, a Jewish charitable organization. She was sent to Drancy internment camp, then to Auschwitz on June 23, 1943, where she was killed. Germany occupied Paris in summer 1940. In 1941, 10 year old Henri warned his father about a German round-up of Jews for deportation and his father went into hiding in Montsur. On July 16, 1942, Henri and his sister, Suzanne, age 14, were sent to join him. That same day, French police came to their apartment as part of the Velodrome d'Hiver action. Rosette forced their mother into another apartment and only the two sisters were there to face the police. Sarah was arrested because she had not been born in France, but in Poland. Rosette, who was born in France, was released. Rosette took her mother south to join the rest of the family, but returned to Paris to continue her aid work. The family stayed in Montsur until the area was liberated in September 1944.

Artwork Title
En Leur Memoire
Alternate Title
In Their Memory
Date
approximately 1942-1943  (commemoration)
approximately 2000  (creation)
Geography
depiction : Auschwitz (Concentration camp); Oswiecim (Poland)
creation : Tel Aviv (Israel)
Language
French
Aramaic
Classification
Art
Category
Drawings
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Henri Bomblat
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:24:22
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