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Simone Weil plays the piano for the children at the Le Petit Monde home near Paris.

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    Simone Weil plays the piano for the children at the Le Petit Monde home near Paris.
    Simone Weil plays the piano for the children at the Le Petit Monde home near Paris.

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    Caption
    Simone Weil plays the piano for the children at the Le Petit Monde home near Paris.
    Date
    1946
    Locale
    Meudon-Bellevue, [Hauts-de-Seine] France
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Simone Weil Lipman
    Event History
    Le Petit Monde, also known as Melbourne House, was an OSE (Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants) children's home in Paris, which sheltered some 30-35 Jewish pre-school children, ages 2-6. These children had been recovered from the homes of French families, where they had been hidden during the war. The home was established and directed by Simone Weil, who had trained as an early childhood educator in Strasbourg before the war, and had been active in the wartime French-Jewish underground. Adopting the Montessori educational approach she studied in Strasbourg, Weil organized the orphans at Le Petit Monde into small family units consisting of children of various ages. Each group was headed by an early childhood educator-in-training. Le Petit Monde operated for approximately two years before all the children were placed with families in France or emigrated abroad.

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    Photo Source
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Simone Weil Lipman
    Source Record ID: Collections: 1990.184.65

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