I am currently developing a "ceramic novel" based upon the German invasion of Belgium and Holland on May 10th 1940 and the direct impact it had on my mother and her family's exodus to freedom. The following ceramic sculptures are illustrations from my novel.
At dawn on May 10, 1940...
Map of France May 1940
Incendiary bomb in neighbors
garden, 10 May 1940
In 10 year old Simon Jacques's own words...and 12 year old Thérèse's own words...
through their eyes "Siblings"
Leaving Bruxelles 1940
Belgium May 1940
Map for Bruxelles exodus 13 May 1940
through their eyes "witnesses"
Heading South May 1940
through their eyes " masquerade"
Portuguese Consulate Bordeaux Visa 18 May 1940 Exterior
Portuguese Consulate Bordeaux Visa 18 May 1940 Interior
Bordeaux Synagogue June 1940
Bayonne by the river June 1940
Bayonne passport office 22 June 1940
temporary Bayonne Passports
22 June 1940
Identity limbo alternate side
in their own words...Biarritz to Pau.
Map to Biarritz June 1940
On route to Pau
( FAKE replacement) Passports Toulouse 13 July 1940
"weary" alternate view
Passports now valid with Spainish visa stamps to travel through Spain and tickets to Badajoz
19 July 1940
In their words...traveling through Spain to Portugal July 1940
Trains in Spain July 1940.
back view trains in Spain July 1940
Badajoz to Lisbon 23 July 1940
Street view Lisbon August 1940
Lisbon Synagogue August 1940
Lisbon August 1940
Passport with stamp for Hakone Maru
21 September 1940
In their own words...On the Hakone Maru 21 Sept-12 Oct 1940
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