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Permanent exhibits

Room 15 of the Musée de la
Résistance et de la Déportation

Museum layout
The Museum contains a total floor space of 2,700 m² over 3 floors. It is divided into 20 rooms arranged over 2 levels.

The Museum rooms
Using objects, photographs, texts and documents, the Museum explores themes related to the Second World War: Nazism in France and Europe (rooms 1 to 3), the Occupation and collaboration (rooms 4 and 5), the early days of the Resistance in Free France and occupied France (rooms 6 to 8), guerilla warfare, repression in France and the Final Solution (rooms 9 to 14), life and work in the concentration camps (rooms 15 and 16), death and resistance in the camps and the end of the camps (rooms 17 and 18), European Resistance and the Liberation (rooms 19 and 20).

Jean Daligault and Léon Delarbre rooms 
These two rooms, located on the 2nd floor of the Museum, exhibit "concentration camp art" drawings, paintings and sculptures created by Jean Daligault and Léon Delarbre. Please notice that visits are only possible upon prior reservation. 

The priest Jean Daligault (1899-1945), a Nacht und Nebel deportee interned at Hinzert then in various German prisons, discovered his vocation as a painter and depicted his friends, judges, guards, himself and everything related to his inner world. He died probably shot down the night before the liberation of the camp of Dachau by the Americans. Léon Delarbre (1889-1974), a painter and curator of the Fine Art Museum in Belfort, was deported to Auschwitz, Buchenwald and then Dora. The astonishingly realistic scenes depicted in his works expose the barbarity of life in the concentration camp. He transported and kept them hidden against his chest until Bergen-Belsen, his last camp, liberated by the Allies.
Jean Daligault,
Self-portrait,
Trêves, 1944
Léon Delarbre, Le pilon de fortune (The Makeshift Wooden Leg), Buchenwald, May-June 1944

Interactive terminal


The interactive terminal in room
15 of the Musée de la
Résistance et de la Déportation



Since April 2011, an interactive terminal is permently located in room 15.

It allows visitors to access the 160 works of Jean Daligault and Léon Delarbre. Visitors can select a range of different themes which include a short historical introduction: daily life, prisoners, kapos, death, etc.

A glossary can also be consulted at each stage and the meaning of specific terms checked.
Each work can be viewed from both the front and back or in an enlarged format to see the details not visible to the naked eye. The works are highly frail and are currently exhibited in dedicated rooms with restricted access. The interactive terminal ensures they can be viewed by a wider audience.

 

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