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Cast iron dutch oven pot from cafe used as rendezvous point by French resistance

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Dutch oven 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 dutch oven pot from cafe used as rendezvous point by French resistance
  • Location: France--History--German occupation, 1940-1945.
  • Provenance: The dutch oven pot 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: Household Utensils
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Black cast iron dutch oven pot with 2 c-shaped handles on both sides of the slightly flared opening. There is an incised line below the opening lip around the exterior. The bottom is elevated by a ring base and has an embossed number.

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