Jane Lévy

1894 1942
(France) 1894 /   (Unknown) 1942


PARIS 1894 – DEPORTED 1942

Jane Lévy grew up in Paris. Her parents, who originally came from Alsace, gave her a traditional and religious education. She enrolled in the baron Gustave de Rothschild’s Jewish school where, from an early age, she showed a strong interest in drawing and art. She was a committed Zionist and unceasingly transmitted her energy and optimism to those around her. When she was eighteen years old, she studied at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs (School of Decorative Arts) and specialized in ceramics. Her works were exhibited at the Manufacture de Sèvres (porcelain factory in Sèvres). In 1922, Jane Lévy went to Germany and restored the Rachi synagogue in Worms (which was destroyed during World War II). In 1934, she travelled to Israel and participated in an exhibition in Tel Aviv. Shortly afterwards, she visited Italy. In 1940, she continued her work at the Manufacture de Sèvres.


On 27 November 1942, Jane Levy was arrested together with her husband René Lévy who was a deaf-and-dumb painter. Both of them were imprisoned at the Santé Prison and later interned in Drancy. Despite the daily difficulties of camp life, Jane painted some pastels. She was deported with her husband and younger brother Albert Lévy on 31 July 1943, on convoy number 58. They were murdered by the Nazis