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Oral history interview with Shimon Hamel

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.59 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0059

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    Oral history interview with Shimon Hamel


    Interview Summary
    Shimon Hamel, born in September 1907, in Strasbourg, France, describes his childhood in an assimilated middle class family; how he became aware of Judaism through his religion classes in a Protestant school; joining a Jewish scout group and became a leader of the scout group, Hatikva; working on a PhD in chemical engineering; being in the cavalry in 1938 and the disarray in the French army; becoming a chemist in the army in 1939; his belief that in 1940 the Jews of Strasbourg knew what was happening to Jews in Germany and what was in store for them; developing an action plan in the winter of 1941 to open homes for children under age 17; how the aim was to save children and to train them to earn a living in agriculture and trades; buying a farm near Lyon, France and remaining there with 27 children for three and a half years; how in April 1944 the scout organization decided to dispense with the farms because of increasing danger; living on a kibbutz in Israel; and visiting France to meet with friends and family.
    Frederic Hammel
    interview:  1993 June 20
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    4 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..

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    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Shimon Hamel in Israel on June 20, 1993, for the Israel Documentation Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the tapes of the interview by transfer from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Dept. in February1995.
    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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