Small doll made from a stick by a French Jewish hidden child
use : Arleuf (France)
- Object Type
Miniature dolls (lcsh)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Elen Chajet Murad
Small stick doll made by 8 year old Helene Chajet while in hiding in Arleuf, France. Helene was often lonely and had always wanted a doll, so she carved the doll out of a stick with a knife. Her foster mother gave her a scrap of cloth to dress it. Helene never named the doll but loved it and took it with her everywhere. France was occupied by Germany in June 1940. Helene was placed into hiding with Georges and Louise Dussert by her parents, Abel and Chana, after mass arrests in Paris in summer 1942. The entire village knew she was Jewish, but when the Germans searched Arleuf for partisans in 1943, no one gave her up. After the war ended in May 1945, Helene was reunited with her parents and three siblings, Eva, Isaac, and Leon, who had hidden separately. Almost all of Helene’s extended family perished in the Holocaust.
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Also in Elen Chajet Murad collection
The collection consists of a doll and photograph relating to the experiences of Helene Chajet during the Holocaust when she lived in hiding in Arleuf, France.
Date: approximately 1943
Elen Chajet was hidden in Arleuf, France by a French couple, Louise and Georges Dussert, who were acquainted with Elen's parents, Chana and Abel Chajet. Elen remained there from 1942-1944 and was retreived by her mother and father, who along with their three other children, survived in hiding in various locations around France. Photographic copies and vintage image document the family's lives surrounding the Holocaust in Lithuania, Poland, and France.