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Oral history interview with Odile de Rouville

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2012.296.10 | RG Number: RG-50.710.0010

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    Oral history interview with Odile de Rouville


    Interview Summary
    Odile de Rouville (née Schlumberger) discusses her six children, four of whom were born during WWII; her family's involvement in the French resistance; her marriage to Guy de Rouville (nom de guerre Paul Roux); her husband’s role as délégué cantonal a la jeunesse and working with scout youth groups and eventually training them as maquis fighters in the resistance; her husband’s role with Pasteur Robert Cook of Vabre, France and strengthening Éclaireurs Unionistes de France; their involvement in the local protestant scouting movement as troop leaders and resistance members; hiding Jewish refugees; the Vabre population’s lack of Jews and the locals’ ignorance of resistance activities; their association with Robert Gamzon and Denise Gamzon and adherence to scouting principles; her husband's role in establishing the maquis de Vabre in March 1943 and integrating it into the MUR (Mouvements unis de résistance); the parachutists and one in particular who landed nearby with increased frequency after the allied landing in Normandy; how she maintained a positive attitude in front of her children, especially as she learned about the roundups and arrests of Jewish refugees; how in 1942 her husband hid 35 adolescents near Vabre in Rennes, France while they waited to be convoyed to Switzerland; and her husbands' production of forged documents for young men refusing service in the STO (Service du travail obligatoire) and needed new identities.
    Odile de Rouville
    interview:  approximately 2005

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    1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..

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    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum acquired the oral history interview with Odile de Rouville, conducted for the 2006 film “Ich Bin Jude! Ich Bin Jude!,” from Bryan (Barak) Bard in March 2012.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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