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Jacques Gotko (Yakow Gotkowski) (1900-1943)
A Kitchen in Drancy Camp
Drancy Camp 1 January 1943

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 © Beit Lohamei Haghetaot

Watercolor on paper, 17 x 41 cm

Georges Wellers, who became friendly with Gotko in Drancy, wrote: A Drancy, pour faire venir le matérial nécessaire, il fallait obtenirune autorisation spécial et il était interditde faire de la peinture en dehors des chambrées. C'est la raison pour laquelle, à Drancy, Gotkone fit que des portraits au crayons et rarement à la gouache. A ma connaissance, il commençaun seul tableau: l'interieur d'une cuisine. [In Drancy you had to ask for special permission to get painting materials. It was not permitted to paint outside the rooms. This was the reason why Gotko only did portraits in pencil and only rarely painted in gouache. As far as I know he began with one painting: the interior of a Kitchen.] (George Wellers. De Drancy à Auschwitz. Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine, Paris, 1946, p.182.)

Signed, lower right: Gotko. Also signed by other inmates, including J. Rosenthal, I. Kischka and Rivinof. Inscribed (in French) upper left, middle and lower right: 1er jour de l'an 1943, cuisine 4, Drancy [The first day in 1943, kitchen no. 4, Drancy]

© Beit Lohamei Haghetaot, Museum Number 1703.