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Oral history interview with Shimon Hamel

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

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.

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Hammel, Frederic
interview:  1993 June 20
4 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:18:56
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