David Hoychman grew up in the shtetl of Bogopolia, near Viatka. His father, who was a grain merchant, gave his three sons a religious education. David Hoychman read the Torah and immersed himself in the spiritual world of Judaism. In 1919, he left Russia for Palestine, where he stayed for three years. His passion for painting led him to Paris, where he met part of his family and attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Hoychman painted portraits and landscapes. In order to earn some money, he touched up photographic portraits. When Hitler came to power, his sister offered him to come meet her in the United States. He refused and was arrested in Villeurbanne on January 27, 1941. He was interned in Compiegne, transferred to Drancy, where he improvised an “exhibition” of his drawings together with Isis Kischka and Jacques Gotko. On September 11, 1942, David Hoychman was deported and murdered by the Nazis.