Jacques CHAPIRO
January 2, 2019
Molli CHWAT
January 2, 2019

Meyer CHEYCHEL

CHUDNOV (UKRAINE) 1890 – DEPORTED TO AUSCHWITZ 1942

Meyer Cheychel’s father was a forest ranger. When he was twenty years old, Cheychel left to study in Saint Petersburg, where an exhibition was later dedicated to him. A second exhibition later took place in Kiev. In 1922, he arrived in Paris and lived in poverty despite the support of the painter and art critic Alexandre Benois. In Montparnasse, he spent time in the cafés, and familiarized himself with the faces which he liked to draw. He wrote mysterious notes on a notebook, which has never been found. His friend Léon Zack painted his portrait. Every year, he went back to Ukraine where he spent time with his friend, the writer Devni Store. In August 1942, Meyer Cheychel was arrested, interned in Drancy, and deported on convoy number 7. He was murdered in Auschwitz. When he was arrested, his paintings and writings were destroyed.