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Oral history interview with Michel Oppenheimer

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.421 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0614

Michel Oppenheimer, born March 16, 1930 in Darmstadt, Germany, discusses his parents Moritz and Margarete Oppenheimer; his father’s cigar factory in the town of Fränkisch-Crumbach, Germany; his sisters Hannah, Ruth, and Féodora; attending a Jewish school in Höscht; how the day after Kristallnacht, his father and half-brother Ernst were arrested; how Moritz and Ernst were sent to Buchenwald, but Ernst was released because he had papers showing a visa for the United States; moving with his family to Mannheim; how Hannah and Ruth left Germany in June 1939 as part of the Kindertransport, but he and Féodora were too young to leave; being deported to the camp of Gurs in southern France; how, he left Gurs for La Maison des Pupilles in Aspet; how his parents were sent to the Rivesaltes internment camp near Perpignan in spring 1941; how he spent a month and a half at the Château de Chabannes in Creuse and then ended-up at the Château de Masgellier; later living with a rabbi and his wife; living in Bas-Pays near Montauban and the town of Aubenas, and then Feneyrols; attending a special school called “cours complémentaires;” passing his “Certificate of Studies;” enrolling in the (Ecole de l’orientation professionnelle) on the rue Gay Lussac; becoming an apprentice to a man who blew glass; working with scientists at the government research center (CNRS) in Meudon; and meeting his future wife Miriam and raising one son and one daughter.

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Michel Oppenheimer
Peggy Frankston
interview:  2010 June 30
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:23:33
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