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Oral history interview with Nicole Dorra

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.384 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0613

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Nicole Dorra, born June 9, 1932 in Paris, France, discusses her childhood and family life in Paris before the war; her father, Elie Dorra, who was born in Syria and was considered a “protégé français;” her mother, Hinie or “Annie” (née Feingold), who was from a Viennese Jewish family; her family’s two hat boutiques; the arrival in 1938 of two cousins from Vienna who came to live with her family; how the rest of the Feingold family was smuggled out of Austria and obtained visas for South America; living with her family in the coastal resort town of La Baule, in southern Brittany during the “drôle de guerre” from September 1939 to September 1940; returning to live in Paris from the fall of 1940 until April 1941; how despite the fact that her paternal grandparents were on the list of Djugutis or Djougoutes, Iranian Jews who were considered Aryan, this status did not help the Dorra family; leaving Paris in April of 1941, well before the June 7th, 1942 law imposed the wearing of the Jewish star in the occupied northern zone; settling with her family in Nice, where her father purchased an apartment; her baptism by a priest in Monaco, Father Arrighi; moving to a small hamlet in early 1944 in the department of the Isère, 20 kilometers from the city of Voiron; attending mass every Sunday to hide her family’s Jewish identity; hearing about the Liberation of Paris in Le Sarra and moving back to Nice several days later; how her father joined the Forces Françaises Libres and went on to liberate Germany; staying in Nice until 1946 and then moving back to Paris; her family’s new home on the avenue Suffren in the chic 7th arrondissement; attending school at Lycée Victor Duruy; working as an anesthetist in the same maternity clinic in the 14th arrondissement of Paris where she was born; and how in February 2010, the City of Paris bestowed its highest honour on her, the “Médaille de Vermeille.”

Interviewee
Nicole Dorra
Interviewer
Peggy Frankston
Date
2010 June 19  (interview)
Language
French
Extent
1 digital file : WAV.
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:20:44
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