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Oral history interview with Miriam Oppenheimer

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.422 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0615

Miriam Oppenheimer, born February 17, 1934 in Mulhouse, France; discusses her childhood in an Alsatian Jewish family; her parents, Grand Rabbi René Hirschler and Simone Lévy; her sister, Jocelyn, and her brother, Alain; her father’s appointment as Grand Rabbi of Strasbourg at an early age; how the family took refuge in Bordeaux and then Nantes when France went to war in 1939; living in Marseille from 1941to 1943; how her father was “Aumonier General” or General Chaplain in the internment camps throughout southern France; how in November 1943 her father decided to send his children to boarding schools in the Alps; being sent with her sister to a Catholic boarding school in La Bourboule; how teachers knew that they were Jewish but hid the truth; leaving La Bourboule in 1945 to stay with an aunt and uncle in Villeneuve-sur-Lot; attending high school in Clermont-Ferrand; living with her sister and brother in Paris with their maternal grandmother; working at the Institute of Social Sciences; meeting her future husband, Michel Oppenheimer, at the home of a rabbi; and their children.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Miriam Oppenheimer
Peggy Frankston
interview:  2010 June 30
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:40:33
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