Isaac Schonberg

1907 1942
(France) 1907 /   (Pologne) 1942

Isaac SCHONBERG

COLMAR (FRANCE) 1907 – DEPORTED TO AUSCHWITZ 1942

Isaac Schonberg’s parents were orthodox and originally came from a shtehl in Galicia. They fled anti-Semitic persecutions and settled in Colmar. Isaac attended the School of Fine Arts in Frankfurt and learnt painting on miniature. In 1934, he arrived in Paris and visited museums. He worked several small jobs; at night he played the piano at a bar, drew on silk ties and sold some stamps…

He drew fine and precise drawings in pencil or pen while listening to Beethoven’s music.

On 14 May 1941, Isaac Schonberg was arrested in Paris by the French police. He was interned in the Pithiviers camp and was deported on 25 June 1942 on convoy number 4. He was murdered in Auschwitz.