Médiathèque André Malraux
Presqu’île André Malraux
67076 Strasbourg Cede
Mardi et jeudi : 12h-19h
Mercredi et samedi : 10h-19h
Vendredi : 12h-20h
Commissaire de l’exposition : Claire Audhuy
Conseiller historique : Robert Stegman
Graphisme de l’exposition : Pauline Steib
Encadrements : Agathe Bischoff-Morales
Régisseur : Marc Duguet
Les robes grises
Co-produced by Rodéo d'âme, the BNU in Strasbourg, Strasbourg's media libraries, and the Museum of the Resistance and Deportation in Besançon.
Jeannette L'Herminier, a member of the Resistance, was sent to the Ravensbrück concentration camp. She picked up a pencil lying on the ground when she was in quarantine and hid it in her dress. She had never drawn before, but now she used the pencil to draw during roll calls and breaks. Her drawings always portray women in very elegant positions; they are still particular about their appearance, as if the conditions of their deportation had not damaged their femininity. All these portraits of women, however, are like floating phantoms, and not one of them has a face.
The manuscripts by the ethnologist Germaine Tillion, who was deported to Ravensbrück at the same time as Jeannette L’Herminier, cast light on life in a concentration camp and the strength of the friendship among the inmates. Hitherto unpublished personal accounts of other women deportees alternate with the works.