David Hoychman

1900 1942
(Pologne) 1900 /   (Unknown) 1942



David Hoychman grew up in the shtetl of Bogopolia, near Viatka. His father, who was a grain merchant, gave his three sons a religious education. David Hoychman read the Torah and immersed himself in the spiritual world of Judaism. In 1919, he left Russia for Palestine, where he stayed for three years.

His passion for painting led him to Paris, where he met part of his family and attended the School of Fine Arts. Hoychman painted portraits and landscapes. In order to earn some money, he touched up some photographic portraits.

When Hitler came to power, his sister offered him to come meet her in the United States. He refused and was arrested in Villeurbanne on 27 January 1941. He was interned in Compiègne, transferred to Drancy and improvised an “exhibition” of his drawings together with Isis Kischka and Jacques Gotko.


On 11 September 1942, David Hoychman was deported and murdered by the Nazis.