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Hayum Family

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Marc Hayum on his balcony in Rio de Janeiro

Marc Hayum on his balcony in Rio de Janeiro

Marc Hayum was born in Luxembourg and is the son of Charles Hayum.

In November 1940, the Jewish Hayum family had to flee Luxembourg.

Marc was one year old when the family took the last convoy from Luxembourg to Lisbon together with other refugees hoping to emigrate to Cuba and other American countries.

Portugal refused to grant access to the refugees, who were then sent back to France after staying blocked in Vilar Formoso for ten days.

Six months later, the Hayum family eventually made it to Brazil with the help of Belgo Mineira and the exiled government.

Ruth, Charles and Marc Hayum in Lisbon, relieved to finally be fleeing Europe towards Rio de Janeiro in April 1941.

Ruth, Charles and Marc Hayum in Lisbon, relieved to finally be fleeing Europe towards Rio de Janeiro in April 1941.

Charles Hayum's Brazilian immigration card. The Hayum family arrived in Rio de Janeiro on 7 May 1941.

Charles Hayum's Brazilian immigration card. The Hayum family arrived in Rio de Janeiro on 7 May 1941.

Marc Hayum with his mother Ruth and his sister Simone

Marc Hayum with his mother Ruth and his sister Simone

Ruth, Simone, Marc and Charles Hayum in Rio de Janeiro

Ruth, Simone, Marc and Charles Hayum in Rio de Janeiro

Charles and Ruth Hayum at the botanical garden in Rio de Janeiro

Charles and Ruth Hayum at the botanical garden in Rio de Janeiro

Charles Hayum became Belgo Mineira's sales manager in Rio de Janeiro and Honorary Consul of Luxembourg.

The Hayums were very close to the other Jewish refugees and lived apart from the Luxembourgish colony of João Monlevade.

Ruth Hayum

Ruth Hayum

Simone, Marc & Ruth Hayum

Simone, Marc & Ruth Hayum