Abraham BERLINE

1894 1942
(France) 1894 /   (Pologne) 1942

Abraham BERLINE

NIEGIN (UKRAINE) 1894 – DEPORTED TO AUSCHWITZ 1942

In 1920, Abraham Berline left his hometown for Paris and enrolled at the Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts). He worked as a taxi driver at night in order to pay for his studies. He wanted to stay as close to Montparnasse as possible and chose Place Denfert-Rochereau as his home base. His favorite route was the Vallée de Chevreuse (Chevreuse Valley), located south of Paris, where the artist found his inspiration.

 

In May 1941, Abraham Berline was arrested and interned in Compiègne for seventeen months together with painters Isis Kishka and Jacques Gotko, with whom he set up an “exhibition” in the camp. Transferred to Drancy, he was deported on 14 September 1942 on convoy number 32. He and his wife Dousie were murdered in Auschwitz.