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Oral history interview with Emmanuel Racine

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.122 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0122

Emmanuel Rassin, born in Moscow, Russia to a bourgeois family, describes his memories of the Russian Revolution; his family moving to Paris, France; attending a French boarding school; getting married; joining the army when he was 27 and going to the from for nine months in 1939; his family’s Jewish faith; belonging to the Jewish Zionist scouts led by Robert Gamzon; trying to escape to Morocco with other influential individuals from Bordeaux but being unable to do so; moving to Marseilles and joining the French resistance; the organization of the underground; arranging for forged papers for the combat group and helping Jews escape over the Pyrenees; working with monasteries to hide groups of children; going to Nice then Aiz le Bain; working with Gamzon and Levi to develop an escape route for groups of children into Switzerland; his sister being caught and her death in Mauthausen; how at the end of the war he worked on reuniting hidden children with their families; immigrating to Israel in 1951; and starting the Israel Oil Company.

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Emmanuel Racine
interview:  1992 June 11
4 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2023-06-07 07:25:37
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