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Watercolor portrait of an elderly man by a German Jewish refugee.

Object | Accession Number: 2010.502.10

Watercolor painting depicting an older man created by Jacob Barosin in Esbly, a suburb of Paris, in 1947. In June 1933, Jacob and Sonia Barosin (previously Judey) immigrated illegally to Paris, in order to escape the anti-Jewish laws passed following the appointment of Adolf Hitler as chancellor of Germany in January. Jacob voluntarily enlisted in the French military following the 1939 German invasion of Poland. In May 1940, Germany invaded France, Jacob and Sonia were arrested as enemy aliens, and Sonia was transported to Gurs internment camp. On June 2, Jacob was transported to Langlade, to serve as a prestataire. Sonia was released from Gurs and traveled to Nice. On May 15, 1941, Jacob was released and moved to Lunel, where Sonia joined him in April 1942. In mid-October, Jacob was sent to Agde internment camp. A friend of his father worked in the camp office and arranged for him to return to Lunel. German forces occupied Lunel in November, so Jacob and Sonia fled to Florac. On February 17, 1943, Jacob was arrested and transported to Gurs, and then sent to a labor camp in Gignac on March 21. Jacob returned to Florac on April 17, and teacher Simone Serriere hid Jacob and Sonia in her schoolhouse in Montmejean. After they were discovered by townspeople, Sonia’s cousins, Boris and Paulette, brought them forged identity papers, and they all returned to Paris in September. Jacob and Sonia were given refuge by Paulette’s mother, until Paris was liberated in late August 1944. Jacob and Sonia returned to their prewar apartment, where they lived until their immigration to the United States in October 1947. The majority of Jacob’s family survived, though his Latvian relatives and his sister, Sina Ida, were murdered during the Holocaust.

Date
creation:  1947 January-1947 October
Geography
creation: France
Classification
Art
Category
Paintings
Genre/Form
Watercolors.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peter Garik and Katherine Greenblatt
 
Record last modified: 2022-06-21 14:35:44
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