The psychiatrist and painter Francine Mayran devotes her work to the victims and survivors of genocides of the 20th century. She uses oil painting on canvas, then covers it with concrete.
Some of her paintings are about children in the Nazi holocaust (see here and here). I have selected first her painting of Anne Frank (1929–1945), the famous Jewish teenager known for her wartime diary, who died (probably of typhus) in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
Francine Mayran – Anne Frank – 30cm x 40 cm oil on canvas covered with concrete
Next is Else Schmidt, a Roma girl about whom I know nothing. I would be grateful to readers who could provide any information about her.
Francine Mayran – Else Schmidt – 30cm x 40cm oil on canvas covered with concrete
Mayran’s painting of the iconic Settela Steinbach (1934–1944), “the girl with the headscarf” who was gassed in Auschwitz-Birkenau during the “Night of the Gypsies”, can be seen on Agapeta.
I am collecting information on Sidonie Adlersburg (1933–1943), another victim of the Nazi holocaust painted by Mayran. She was a Roma foundling girl adopted by an Austrian family, the Nazis used deceit to snatch her from her foster parents, then sent her to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she was contaminated with typhus and gassed. Any leads are welcome.
Anne Frank may be the most famous little girl of all time, or at least the most famous one who wasn’t involved with the entertainment industry in any direct way. She is the most recognized human face of the Nazi Holocaust amidst the millions of Jews who perished during the Third Reich. Eventually I’d like to do a larger post on her, but for now I thought this was interesting. Life magazine is running a series on the friends of Anne Frank seen in the picture below and the follow-up photos of their adult lives, as all but two of six girls in the image survived the Nazi reign of horror, the exceptions being the girl standing at the far right (Susanne Ledermann) and Anne Frank herself, seated second from left in the box. If you’re interested in seeing the whole series, check them out here; they are certainly interesting and worth viewing. I’m only posting the original photo though (see the original here).
Photographer Unknown – l to r: Hanneli Goslar, Anne Frank, Dolly Citroen, Hannah Toby, Barbara Ledermann and Susanne Ledermann, Amsterdam, 1937
There’s no shortage of information about Anne Frank on the internet. We continue to be fascinated with her life, and rightly so.
Anne Frank Museum Amsterdam
Wikipedia: Anne Frank
Babi Yar: Images of a Tragedy