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David Brainin (1905-1942)
Lecture in the Inmates' Barracks, Compiègne Camp
Compiègne Camp 17 June 1942

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 © Beit Lohamei Haghetaot

Pencil on paper, 13.2 x 20.7 cm

This picture depicts a lecture by George Wellers. Wellers (1905, Russia - 1991, Paris) was a scientist holding a high post at the Faculty of Medicine in Paris. Wellers, who did not receive any Jewish education and was an atheist, was arrested and interned in Compiègne in December 1941 as one of the Jewish "Notables". From Compiègne, he was transferred to Drancy and later to Auschwitz and Buchenwald. In 1945 he returned to Paris, dedicating a great deal of his time to the research and documentation of the persecution of the Jews and the "Final Solution". Based on his own, and fellow inmates, experiences as well as documentary evidence, his research resulted in numerous books and articles.

Inscribed and dated (in French), upper middle: 17.VI.42 Conference de Wellers, Compiègne [A lecture by Wellers in Compiègne]

© Beit Lohamei Haghetaot, Museum Number 2074.