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Oral history testimony of Simone Bernays Dessayer

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.295.2 | RG Number: RG-50.683.0002

Simone Bernays Dessayer discusses her experiences in Germany during World War I and moving around often with her French parents; graduating high school in 1931; life in Frankfurt, Germany between the two world wars, including day-to-day activities, education, and social customs; learning to use a sewing machine; wanting to become an interpreter; attending Viktoriaschule (now Bettinaschule), which was a high school that emphasized foreign language education; taking economics and law at the University of Frankfurt beginning in 1931; interning at a small bank from 1932 to 1933; being urged to join the Nazi party even though she was Jewish; leaving Germany in June 1933 with her family; having to give up a percentage of their money to the German government; how her parents had left France in 1914 and did not want to return; moving to Paris, France when she was 21 with her family; spending time in England, working in a bank; and being a secretary for Universal Pictures in France.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Simone Dessayer
interview:  approximately 1975
3 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Alfred Dessayer
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:41:17
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