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Oral history interview with Nicole Dorra

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

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.”

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Nicole Dorra
Peggy Frankston
interview:  2010 June 19
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:40:28
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