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Oral history interview with Frederic Hammel and Jean Hammel

Oral History | Accession Number: 2012.296.12 | RG Number: RG-50.710.0012

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Frederic Hammel, born in 1907 in Strasbourg, France, describes joining the EIF (Eclaireurs Israélites de France) in 1928 and his activities; his role as a EIF national leader; being request by the EIF founder, Robert Gamzon, to organize a chantier de jeunesse in Taluyers to shelter Jewish children and teach them agricultural and small-scale enterprise skills; the dissolution of the EIF children’s homes and rural centers in October 1943; Gamzon's advice to the fleeing Jewish youth; his group’s decision to cross the Pyrenees and head for Palestine; their last Passover; the difficulties of crossing the Pyrenees; the deaths along the way, lack of food, and their fears; his family's immigration to Israel in 1947; life on a kibbutz; and his work as a chemistry professor.

Interviewee
Jean Hammel
Frederic Hammel
Date
approximately 2005  (interview)
Language
French
Extent
1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:43:01
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