Jacques Gotko (Yakow Gotkowski) (1900-1943)
Portrait of Professor Georges Wellers
Drancy Camp 1942
Pencil on paper, 31 x 24.1 cm
Georges 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 (in French), lower right: Portrait de Georges Wellers par GOTKO, remis par KISCHKA, [Portrait of Georges Wellers, done by Gotko, given by Kischka]
© Beit Lohamei Haghetaot, Museum Number 1699.
Donated by Isis Kischka, Paris, 1970