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Watercolor still life painting created by David Goychman while imprisoned in Compiègne internment camp

Object | Accession Number: 2018.337.3

Watercolor still life painting of fruit and a pitcher created by artist David Goychman while he was a prisoner in Compiègne internment camp in 1941. The painting was acquired by George Waldman, who was held in Compiègne from December 1941 to July 1943. George, Betsy, and their teenage son, John, were American citizens who lived in Paris to manage their paper import-export business. In response to the German invasion of Poland, France declared war on Germany on September 3, 1939. In May of 1940, Germany invaded and quickly defeated France, occupying the northern half of the country. In 1941, the Germans began rounding up foreign born Jewish residents. Goychman, a native of the Soviet Union, was arrested in Paris in June 1941 and detained in Compiègne internment camp. In the camp he continued to paint and took part in an art exhibition held in the camp. On December 12, 1941, a day after Germany declared war on the United States, George Waldman was arrested and detained at Compiègne as an enemy alien and later joined his wife and son in Vittel internment camp. In 1942, the Germans began to systematically deport foreign born Jews to concentration camps in the east. On September 11, 1942, Goychman was transferred to Drancy internment and transit camp. Three days later, he was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau killing center in German-occupied Poland under the name Leizer Goychman. Goychman was killed at Auschwitz on September 19, 1942. This may be the only known surviving Goychman painting from his time in the camp.

creation:  1941 June 17-1941 December 31
creation: Compiegne (Concentration camp); Compiegne (France)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Deborah Pearson and Janet Waldman
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:57:39
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