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Oral history interview with Charles Baron

Oral History | Accession Number: 2008.377 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0560

Charles Baron, born July 18, 1926 in Paris, France, discusses his family background; his childhood on his grandparents’ farm in Seine-et-Oise, France; returning to Paris at the age of six to attend school; his memories of the outbreak of World War II; seeing signs posted saying that Jews could not enter Paris; the arrival of German forces; departing for his grandfather’s farm; his parents’ arrest by French policemen and their deportation to Drancy on July 16, 1942; his apprenticeship in Paris; being arrested at the Vallee de Chevreuse train station with his grandmother’s brother on September 12, 1942; being sent to Drancy and then Dresden or Leipzig before arriving at the Kozle labor camp in Poland; working on the Berlin-Moscow Victory road; being transferred to Dachau and then to Kleinmanndorf camp; learning how to make bad concrete; working in a factory in lower Silesia; being accused of sabotaging factory operations; being sent to Auschwitz on July 26, 1944; working in a concrete factory; his forced evacuation from Auschwitz via train; escaping the train with another man; receiving assistance from villagers; the arrival of American troops; staying in an American military hospital for four months; returning to Paris on September 17, 1945; and difficulties reintegrating into a normal life.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Mr. Charles Baron
Diane Afoumado
interview:  2008 December 18
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:23:22
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