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Cast iron cleaver from cafe used as rendezvous point by French resistance

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Cleaver from cafe-coiffeur (cafe-hairdressing salon) of Mere Beylier in the village of Chateau-Cherviz, in the Limosin region of France. The cafe was near two orphanages operated by the Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants [OSE: Children’s Aid Society], Chateaus Chabannes and Montintin. Both homes sheltered Jewish children and other young refugees from deportations during the German occupation of France. The cafe, which was the town gathering place, also served as a resource center and temporary refuge for Jews and others who opposed the German occupation and the pro-German Vichy government. In this village of 3,000 people, over 1,000 Jews were provided assistance and temporary refuge.

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  • Title: Cast iron cleaver from cafe used as rendezvous point by French resistance
  • Location: France--History--German occupation, 1940-1945.
  • Provenance: The cleaver was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005.
  • Subject Keywords: Jewish children in the Holocaust--France--Limousin. Jewish refugees--France. World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--France. World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements--France.
  • Type: Tools and Equipment
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Cast iron cleaver with blade and handle forged from one piece of metal. The handle is elongated with a curved end. An incised line is on one side of the blade, opposite the knife edge. Also opposite the knife edge is an ellipticall section of widened metal. The top corner of the blade has a hole through it. Each end of the blade is concave.

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