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Oral history interview with Lucie Ragin

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.167 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0532

Lucie Ragin, born in 1935, describes her childhood in Antwerp, Belgium; her family, including her brother Andre Zalc and sister Joyce Mizrachi; fleeing to France with her family when war broke out; living in the internment camp Rivesaltes in Vichy France; her mother’s difficult pregnancy due to lack of food; hunger in the camp; how her father helped others escape from the camp and then had to escape himself; her mother being questioned by authorities about her father’s whereabouts; learning about Auschwitz from a rabbi; escaping the camp with her mother; arriving in Marseilles and reuniting with her father; how the Red Cross got her infant sister out of the camp; living with her family in a French woman’s hotel; how the French woman refused to collect rent; life in the village; German threats against the village; air raids; the American liberation; living in Chateau de Marjolet after the war; returning to Belgium; reasons why her parents decided to leave Europe; immigrating to United States; and the importance of speaking publicly about the Holocaust.

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Ms. Lucie Ragin
Peggy Frankston
interview:  2009 July 23
2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-06-24 14:45:48
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