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Homage to Boris-Maurice Gurman


59 x 46 cm (h x w)

acrylic on paper

On June 12, 1943, the Gestapo raided at 4 am in the morning the boarding school where Boris-Maurice and other Jewish kids were being hidden from the Nazis. The Germans rounded up 12 children, as well as the director of the school, her husband, and a teacher. They were taken and imprisoned to be deported to Auschwitz on 31/07/1943. Boris-Maurice was gassed on arrival. Boris-Maurice was only 10 years old.


Today you can find his “Stumbling Stone” at Rue André Fauchille Nr. 10 in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre in Brussels, Belgium. His golden pavement tile, together with 14 more, commemorates the raid during which they were captured. Like Boris-Maurice most of them were killed in Auschwitz.


This portrait of Boris-Maurice is part of my series “Resonance - Never Forget”. His life was taken by Germans adhering to racist Nazi ideology, only because Boris-Maurice was Jewish.

 Each portrait of these children is a contemplation of sorts for me, on their life. While I am sad about his fate and the cruelty of him getting killed. I want to celebrate his life with this portrait in homage and all that potential that he held.

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