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Oral history interview with Frederic Hammel and Jean Hammel

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

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    Oral history interview with Frederic Hammel and Jean Hammel


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Jean Hammel
    Frederic Hammel
    interview:  approximately 2005

    Physical Details

    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 Frederic Hammel and Jean Hammel, 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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