David Brainin

1905 1942
(Ukraine) 1905 /   (Pologne) 1942



David Brainin grew up in a family of tailors. Following a difficult childhood, he left school without informing anyone and went to Palestine, where he spent five years.

In 1924, he arrived in Paris, where he studied painting, choreography and dance. He joined a Russian ballet troupe and married one of the dancers.

In 1931, he and his wife were invited to dance in a ballet in Rio de Janeiro, Mexico and Buenos Aires. Back in Paris, David Brainin took classes at the Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts) for four years. He first studied painting before specializing in film sets.


He was arrested during a roundup, was interned in Drancy on 29 April 1942, and was then sent to Compiegne. Although life in the camp was very difficult, he kept drawing. He painted pictures of the prisoners and guards in the camp. On 18 September, he was deported on 18 September 1942 on convoy number 34. He was murdered in Auschwitz.