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Drawing of people sitting on a bench by a camp inmate

Object | Accession Number: 1988.1.17

Ink drawing of four women and a male visitor and young girl seated on an outdoor bench drawn in Gurs internment camp by Lili Andrieux, 26, also a camp inmate. Lili created over 100 detailed drawings of people and daily life in the internment camps where she was held from May 1940 - September 1942. France was divided into two zones after surrendering in June 1940 to Nazi Germany: a German military occupation zone and Free France under the Vichy regime. Gurs, built in spring 1939 to hold refugees from Spain, became an internment center for Jewish refugees. Lili, originally from Berlin, moved to Paris in 1938. She was taken to Alençon in May 1940 and reached Gurs on June 4. From March 1941-September 1942, she was held in the Hotel Terminus in Marseilles waiting for a visa. She was then sent to Les Milles internment camp where she became ill with typhus. When she recovered, she escaped and, with the help of the resistance, lived in hiding until the end of the war in France in fall 1944. Lili was a translator for the US Army and US Graves Registration Command until emigrating to America in September 1946.

Artwork Title
Group of Women with Visitor, Gurs 1940
Series Title
Camp de Gurs 1940 - 1941
approximately 1940 June-1940 December  (creation)
creation : Gurs (Concentration camp); Gurs (France)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:07:04
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